Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) largus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) largus Fr. syn. C. cyanopus sensu Cooke (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 3–12cm across; lilac to violaceous, becoming buff to ochre- or reddish-brown from the centre. Stem 50–100Γ—10–20mm, slightly swollen to bulbous; violaceous then whitish to pallid; cortinal zone near apex, base covered in white down. Flesh lilac to violaceous, becoming white in stem and centre of cap when cut; taste mild, sweetish, smell none or slightly fruity when fresh. Gills adnate; lilac at first then clay-buff, finally rusty clay. Spores 11–13Γ—5.5–6.5ΒΌ, almond- to lemon-shaped, finely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat in deciduous woods, usually with beech and oak; autumn. Uncommon, vulnerable on Red Data List. Suspect avoid.

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