Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) glaucopus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) glaucopus (Schaeff.) Fr. (illustrated 65% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex; ochraceous-tawny, covered in conspicuous darker, innate fibrils, margin sometimes weakly greenish at first. Stem 50–10Γ—10–25mm, up to 35mm wide at rounded, marginate bulb; bluish-lilac at first, persisting at apex, becoming yellowish-white below. Flesh yellowish-white, tinged bluish in upper stem; taste mild, smell none or faintly mealy. Gills adnate to free; bluish-lilac, becoming clay-cinnamon. Spores 6.5–8.5Γ—4.5–5ΒΌ, elliptical to almond-shaped, finely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat in coniferous and mixed woods; autumn. Very rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Suspect avoid. Note this collection is rather light in colour; normally it will be darker red-brown, with darker purple gills.

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