Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) terpsichores

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) terpsichores Melot (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 4–7cm across, convex then flat; strong blue colours (Kodak film tends to make the violet colour much too purple); glutinous. Stem 40–80Γ—8–12mm, with a distinct marginate bulb; white to dirty white with age. Flesh white with violet tints in the stem, sometimes yellowish with KOH; taste of cap a little salty, smell faint but distinct, unpleasant. Gills adnate; violet for a long time then more rusty. Spores 8.5–10Γ—5.5–6.7ΒΌ, almond-shaped. Spore print rust-brown. Habitat in mixed woodland on limestone; autumn. Very rare. Not edible. Note this is near to C. caerulescens (opposite), but with much stronger blue tones.

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