This species of mushroom is found in Europe and North America.
This mushroom is hygrophanous, and belongs to the Telamonia group, being thin-fleshed and having a dry cap and stem. It is commonly known as the Pelargonium webcap.
Cortinarius paleaceus (Weinm.) Fr. and Cortinarius paleiferus Svrek (sometimes written C. paleifer ) have commonly been identified in Europe as separate species. C. paleiferus is defined as having more widely spaced gills, and has a pale violet mycelium at the base of the stem. Now these types are combined into one species and considered to be only varieties of C. flexipes.