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Cortinarius austroveneta


Smooth caps with colour varying from pale greenish yellow at the margin to dark blue-green in the centres. Caps are rounded to flat domes approximately 60mm wide. Stipe is scaly pale yellow. Same colour for the gills.


Under an open mixture of eucalyptus and pines with dense buffalo grass.


Fairly common but often difficult to see if they are in green grass. Found in Tas, Vic, SA, NSW, WA

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Named changed from Dermocybe to Cortinarius

What an irony! Never heard about a mushroom in color. Wonderful!

pamsai 12 years ago

Great name too... quite a mouthful!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

Arlanda, Leuba, Gerardo, Mayra, Sergio - thanks for the nice comments... we can have greens with our mushrooms now in a single ingredient.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 12 years ago

Quite unusual, at least for me. Good one, Argy.

MayraSpringmann 12 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Wonderful never seen a green cap one:)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

This is a real beauty -you are sooooo lucky argybee !-what a find and . These make me smile because they look so like my favourite green tree frog from Queensland -like the one in ShannaB's spotting below

arlanda 12 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

Thanks everyone for the comments and likes. These were a find that almost made me laugh - sort of like 'You guys have got to be joking!' @asterope1 I checked BlueSwami and he says inedible - you're right though it about being not too appealing... a bit like eating Kermit the Frog. Actually they remind me a bit of the green tree frogs up north - sort of floppy looking.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago


Asterope 12 years ago

An amazing and well spotted spotting ArgyBee - it is very interesting that they have green caps... a lot of the blue-staining boletes that we *occasionally* get up here can look green but that is due to trauma.

Are these edible at all? not that they look particularly appetising!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 12 years ago

My, this is my first time to see a green fungus. Thanks ArgyBee for sharing.

AntónioGinjaGinja 12 years ago

very cool indeed great capture Argy

LarsKorb 12 years ago

Green cool. The fungi world down under is really astonishing.

MartinL 12 years ago

Well now we know they are not concealing their odor. I wonder if they have chlorophyll and if so, what would that mean taxonomically? Hmmm... This organism may have a hidden surprise for us to uncover.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

I've thought long and hard about it martin and I can't think of any reason why a mushroom would want to hide. I've decided they don't even know they are green.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

Yes these were a thrill to find martin. I've saw them in our books but didn't think I would find some. Actually the dog found them just sniffing around and wouldn't come when I called. I suppose I should start a PN account in her name... then again she would only want to put up 'sniffings' instead of spottings.

MartinL 12 years ago

Very pretty. I've not seen anything like this.
Why do you suppose they are green (camouflage?) while no other fungi do?

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 10, 2012

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