Bruising Webcap

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) purpurascens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Bruising Webcap Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) purpurascens (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 5–15cm across, hemispherical then expanded and often broadly umbonate, margin becoming wavy; tawny-buff to dark umber, often violet-tinged and streaked or spotted. Stem 50–120×15–25mm, 20–30mm wide at marginate or immarginate bulb; violaceous, sometimes discolouring pallid near the base; cortina purplish. Flesh violaceous, becoming deep purple when bruised or cut; taste mild, smell none or very faint but pleasant. Gills adnate to free; purplish-violet, then clay-buff to cinnamon, violaceous tinge often persisting, becoming deep purple when bruised. Spores 8.5–10×4.5–6¼, almond-shaped to elliptical, rough. Spore print rust. Habitat in deciduous and coniferous woods; autumn. Occasional. Suspect avoid.