Purple Stocking Webcap

Cortinarius (Myxacium) stillatitius

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Purple Stocking Webcap Cortinarius (Myxacium) stillatitius Fr. syn. C. pseudosalor J.E. Lange (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, conico-convex then expanded and often umbonate; ochraceous-buff to ochre-brown, tinged tawny at centre; margin smooth or slightly grooved, very viscid when moist drying shiny. Stem 80–100×10–20mm; white, covered in violaceous, slimy veil below cortinal zone. Flesh whitish to pallid, tinged yellowish, especially below cap cuticle; taste mild, smell none. Gills adnate to free; clay then ochraceous-rust. Spores 12–14×7–9¼, lemon-shaped. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, balloon-shaped; hyaline. Habitat deciduous woods, especially beech, and also with conifers; autumn. Frequent. Unknown edibility. Note one of the most commonly found Myxacium, for a long time this has been muddled by various mycologists; latterly it was known as C. pseudosalor sensu Moser.