Cortinarius valgus  Fr. (1838)                                                                          *Collections: PNW                                                  

This Friesian Cort  is easy to distinguish by its distinctly conico-campanulate pileus in combination with the bluish upper stem. In dry weather the cap is shiny and with a pronounced olivaceous hues. Young fruitbodies tend to have much stronger bluish hues in the context. Yet, the most distinguishing characteristic that may generate conversation around the id table is its odor -- not very strong, but peculiar and difficult to describe. In my notes I have written references from aromatic, to Inocybe-like, to sewage, to very unpleasant at age. This species is fairly common in the Pacific Northwest.

Spores: (7.5) 8-9 x 4.2-5