Cortinarius superbus A.H. Smith 1944                  Collections: California & PNW

Cortinarius superbus is in the same clade as the European Cortinarius mussivus and Cortinarius nanceiensis and in the past there have been attempts to synonymize them. This species has a very perceptible, but complex odor that changes with time. Most commonly it smells like freshly cut grass or green corn, but there is a fragrant component, which at times can be dominating. At age that odor turns unpleasant. There are certain basidiomata that have no odor at all. Another typical feature of this species is the purplish-brown remnants of the universal veil that shield the lower parts of the stipe.

Spores: 11-12 (13) × (5.5) 6-7 (7.8)µ

KOH5%: context brown; pileus: dull olive-green