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Viscid Violet Cort
Cortinarius iodes

This was another shocker to find – I think every fungus that I come across that is bright purple/violet (or any super bright color, frankly) always takes me off guard.

Alternate Name: Spotted Cort
Size: Cap 2-6cm, stem 4-7cm
Family: Cortinariaceae 
Habitat: Grows typically with hardwood trees (especially oaks), in humus and litterfall.
Identification: "Fruit bodies have small, slimy, purple caps up to 6 cm (2.4 in) in diameter that develop yellowish spots and streaks in maturity. The gill color changes from violet to rusty or grayish brown as the mushroom matures." From wikipedia.com
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