Cortinarius purpurascens Fr. (1838)   s.l.                    *Collections: California & PNW

Cortinarius purpurascens is a fairly variable species, or a cluster of species. It seems to be collected widely in the conifer zone of the Northern Hemisphere. The common features in the concept are the purpurescent context when bruised, positive reaction to iodine and small spores. Additional research is needed to determine whether the North American material represents its own species.

Bruising reactions -- purplish. The reaction is most clearly seen on the gills where it occurs much faster.

Iodine reactions

Spores: 7-8.5 x 4.2-5