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Cortinarius variosimilis

Distribution: Broad

Habitat: Western North America, occurring both in Rocky Mountain spruce-fir forests and the forests of the Cascades and coastal ranges.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Cortinarius variosimilis is a close, but distinct, relative of C. varius of Europe. In many ways, it is a pale form of the latter, lacking its distinctly bright lilac-blue gills and the strong yellow-brown to orange-brown colors of the cap. C. variosimilis has a yellow-brown cap often with white veil remnants along the edge, the gills are pale lilac or almost lack lilac color, and become gray-brown. The stipe is clavate, white or pale pinkish buff, and often coated with wooly white veil material. Potassium hydroxide turns the white flesh bright yellow.

Accepted Name:
Cortinarius variosimilis M.M. Moser & Ammirati

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cortinarius variosimilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Cortinarius variosimilis photos.

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