There has been confusion over the naming of the purple cortinarius in New Zealand. It is worth reading the following two links as they explain 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 × 5.5-6.5 µm, Q greater than 1.7)

Cortinarius carneipallidus

Harrower & E. Horak, sp. nov.

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 × 8-8.5µm, Q less than 1.6)

Cortinarius atroviolaceous c.f.

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


There is one more species of purple cortinarius found under tea-tree, but I haven't been fortunate enough to find it yet.