Cortinarius (Myxacium) collinitus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Myxacium) collinitus (Sowerby) Gray (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–10cm across, convex at first, becoming expanded with a low, broad umbo, margin incurved at first and sometimes slightly grooved; yellow-brown to tawny or dark rust, often darker at the centre; glutinous, drying shiny. Stem 50–120×7–20mm; apex white to bluish, concolorous with cap below cortinal zone and covered in bluish bands of velar remains. Flesh whitish to yellowish, sometimes tinged bluish in stem apex; taste mild, smell none. Gills adnate to free; pale violaceous or clay at first, later rusty. Spores 12–20×7–9¼, ellipsoid to almond- or lemon-shaped, rough. Spore print rust. Habitat in coniferous woods, more rarely in deciduous woods; late summer. Uncommon. Unknown edibility.