Cortinarius anomalus    (Fr.:Fr.) Fr. 

common name(s) : Variable Webcap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Cortinariaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Cortinariales/Cortinariaceae/Cortinarieae [sub-genus:Sericeocybe]  

synonyms: Cortinarius lepidopus, Cortinarius azureus, Dermocybe azurea, Cortinarius azureovelatus, Sericeocybe anomalus, Sericeocybe lepidopus, Cortinarius anomalus-lepidopus, Cortinarius anomalus-anomalus 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Cortinarius anormalus, Sericeocybe azureovelatus)  

edibility : inedible

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photo gallery of  Cortinarius anomalus potential confusions with  Cortinarius anomalus toxicity of Cortinarius anomalus genus Cortinarius  

The cap is grey violet to violet brownish. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is violet towards top, brownish yellow towards base, bulbous, without ring, with a cortina.

The flesh is whitish, violaceous, unchanging; the odour is faint, pleasant or unpleasant according to authors; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are lilac-violet then brownish, adnate, distant . The spore print is rusty brown. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved and coniferous woods, on a rather acid soil, with birch, beech, spruce, oak, willow.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 8 cm)
  height of stem approximately 8 cm (between 5 and 12 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 10 mm (between 4 and 15 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Dry cap, purple-grey to purple-brown, silky to micaceous (like snail slime); Stem with scales, purplish towards top, whitish towards base; purple mycelium

Cortinarius anomalus is occasional and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Cortinarius anomalus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Cortinarius anomalus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18