Cortinarius alboviolaceus (Pers.) Fr. (1838)                          *Collections: North America

This is one of the classic and most recognizable Cortinarius species. It is in the center of Section Sericeocybe (the "Silky Heads") where it is surrounded by similar silvery-blue species. I have not been able to find any significant morphological difference between the various collections of this species through out North America.

Collection: New York State, 2008/08/03

Spores: 7-9x4.5-5.5