Cortinarius iodes

Common Names: Viscid violet cort, spotted cort
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Corts

Both its cap and stem are slimy, placing it in the Myxacium subgenus. The cap is initially bell-shaped before becoming broadly convex and then flat in maturity (sometimes retaining a broad umbo), and attains a diameter of 2 to 6 cm. The cap surface is slimy (in wet weather) and smooth, and has a lilac or purplish color. The flesh is white, firm, and thin. The color fades in maturity, and the cap develops irregular yellowish spots, or becomes yellowish in the center. Gills are attached to the stem and packed together closely. They are lilac to violet when young, but become rusty brown to grayish cinnamon when the spores mature. The stem measures 4 to 7 cm long by 0.5 to 1.5 cm thick, and is nearly equal in width throughout other than a somewhat bulbous base. It is solid (i.e., not hollow), slimy, smooth, and has violet or purplish colors that are usually lighter than the cap; sometimes, the stem base is more or less white. The cobweb-like, pale violet partial veil leaves a zone of thin, purple or rusty fibers on the upper stem.

Cortinarius iodes forms mycorrhizal associations with deciduous trees, particularly oaks. Typical habitats include bog edges, swampy areas, and hummocks. Fruiting usually occurs from July to November.

Edible Notes: Considered edible by some sources, though not remarkable. Due to the risk of misidentification with other very poisonous corts, it should be avoided.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.