Splendid Webcap

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) splendens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Splendid Webcap Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) splendens Rob. Henry (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, convex then expanded and often wavy at margin; bright sulphur-yellow, often with tawny centre or spotting; cuticle dark red to reddish-brown with NaOH. Stem 25–60Γ—7–12mm, 15–25mm wide at distinctly marginate bulb; sulphur-yellow, becoming tinged rust, especially towards base, arising from sulphur-yellow mycelium; cortina sulphur-yellow. Flesh bright sulphur-yellow; taste mild, smell none. Gills adnate to free; bright sulphur-yellow at first then rusty. Spores 10–13Γ—5–6.5ΒΌ, almond-shaped and roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat in beech woods on chalk; autumn. Very rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Suspect avoid.

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