There has been confusion over the naming of the purple cortinarius in New Zealand in the past. It is worth reading the following link as it explains the latest thinking:

New species in Cortinarius section Cortinarius (Agaricales) from the Americas and Australasia

Cortinarius atrolazulinus Mos

Very hard to spot amongst the dead leaves and debris on the forest. Found under beech in the Kaimanawas.

For those of you with a microscope:

C. atrolazulinus: 9-12.5µm x 5.5-6.5 µm, (Q greater than 1.7)

Cortinarius carneipallidus
Harrower & E. Horak, sp. nov.

(Previously known as C. subcalyptrosporus.)

Photographed under beech near Ohakune.
The flesh inside this species is of a lighter colour than that of C. atrolazulinus.

For those of you with a microscope:

C. carneipallidus: spores 10.5-12µm x 8-8.5µm, (Q less than 1.6)

Cortinarius cf. atroviolaceus .

Found under tea-tree.This species needs to be properly analysed and described.


C. atroviolaceus
spores(7.5-8.5µm x 4-5µm)

There is one more species of purple cortinarius, C. kioloensis found under tea-tree, but I haven't been fortunate enough to find it yet. Its spores are 10.5-14µm x 6.5-9 µm, Q = 1.45-1.60

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