Cortinarius inexpectatus  Brandrud.                                                                     *Collections: Bulgaria

Cortinarius inexpectatus is unique amongst the Phlegmacium with its spring and early summer fruiting habit in Europe. That alone is enough for identification. This collection was made in Bulgaria on June 8, 2010 under Oaks. There are several vernal fruiting Phlegmacium in Western North America. Molecular data shows that this species fits in the larger Variecolores clade.