Cortinarius albidipes

Cortinarius albidipes Peck, Bulletin of the New York State Museum 157: 57 (1912)

Note: This is a Peck species included in a recent Type study of Section Anomali. I refer you to their description until I have time to document recent collections more fully.


Named as the “white footed” Cortinarius, the species is distinct for being relatively large and substantial and having a distinctively pale ‘white’ stipe. There is some debate about the whiteness of this stipe – in that Alexander Smith separated out a local species he named Cortianarius caesiellus because although it was similar to C.albidipes it had orange-buff veil bands on the stipe, differentiating it as a new species. Genetic studies have now led to the two being synonymized. As you can see, Noah’s collection from OR has a relatively pale stipe without the strong veil zone’s in Smith’s photograph. Be on the lookout for both! It is widespread and occurs with a range of broadleafed trees, including in mixed conifer-broadleafed forests.

Source: North American Flora, Kauffman (1932)


NS4653 Collection: Oregon Dunes
Cortinarius albidipes = Cortinarius caesiellus A.H. Sm.




Dima, B. and Hakan Lindstrom, “Typification of Friesian Names Anomoli,” 2016.

Dima B. et al., “Type Studies and Fourteen New North American Species of Cortinarius Section Anomali Reveal High Continental Species Diversity,” Mycological Progress 20, no. 11 (November 2021): 1399–1439,

Kauffman, Calvin Henry, North American Flora, vol. 10, 5, 1932.

Alexander H. Smith, “New and Interesting Cortinarii from North America,” Lloydia 7 (September 1944): 163–235.

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