Cortinarius malicorius  Fr. (1838)                                                                               All collections: PNW

This is one of the classic Dermocybe species in the group with orange gills. Several distinctive features (see below) keep it easily identifiable against other Dermocybe with orange to mustard gill color. Apparently this species is highly valued by people dying fabrics for its rich colors.

KOH5%: more orangish compared to other members of Dermocybe, where it varies from reddish brown to purple.

The rich olive-green pigmentation of the context is not apparent in all fruitbodies. Typically it becomes prominent in older fruitbodies and after collection.

Spores: 5.5-6.5x4-4.5  The small spores are one of the distinguishing characteristics against other Dermocybe species.