Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) balteatocumatilis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) balteatocumatilis Rob. Henry ex P.D. Orton (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 5–15cm across, convex, margin remaining incurved for a long time; pinkish-brown, often tinged tawny and with violaceous margin. Stem 50–70×18–30mm, swollen at base; whitish, becoming tinged violaceous or rust, with fugacious patches of violaceous veil near base. Flesh whitish, with violaceous tinges below cuticle, no reaction with NaOH, yellowish-tan with ammonia; hard; taste mild, smell strong and rank. Gills adnate to free; pale clay, sometimes with a violaceous tint, becoming clay or ochraceous. Spores 9.5–13×6–6.5¼, elliptical to almond-shaped, minutely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat in beech woods; autumn. Very rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Suspect avoid.