Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) xanthophyllus

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Mushrooms

By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) xanthophyllus (Cooke) Rob. Henry (illustrated % life size) Cap 2–6cm across, convex then expanded and broadly umbonate, margin incurved; ochraceous- to lemon-yellow, sometimes streaked or spotted olive-brown. Stem 25–70Γ—4–8mm, base pointed; whitish, discolouring ochraceous from base up, apex more or less lilac; cortina short-lived and inconspicuous. Flesh whitish to ochraceous-buff, often tinged lilaceous in stem apex; taste mild, smell none. Gills adnate to free; lilac at first, becoming clay-brown and finally cinnamon. Spores 7.5–9Γ—6–7ΒΌ, subglobose, rough. Spore print rust. Habitat in deciduous or coniferous woods; autumn. Very rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Suspect avoid. Note in my last book I named this C. xanthocephalus.

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