Cortinarius mikedavisii  Bojantchev                                    Collections: California

This is one of the most beautiful species in subg. Phlegmacium. It is in the group of the species that are rich of anthraquinoid substances -- note the diverse coloration when exposed to alkaline solutions. Here is the original description. Named in honor of Prof. R. Mike Davies who has been an invaluable help in these mycological studies.

The mature fruitbodies can grow to impressive sizes.

Reaction to 5% KOH

Development of the fruitbody

Spores and cuticle hyphae with an olive to purplish intracellular pigment in 5% KOH

Yellow-green mycelial strands