Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) porphyropus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) porphyropus (Alb. & Schwein.) Fr. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 3–7cm across, convex, becoming flat; pallid ochre to buffy brown; sticky at first. Stem 40–90×5–12mm, base swollen to bulbous; violet at the apex, whitish elsewhere, bruising purple. Flesh pallid but bruising purplish; taste mild, smell slight. Gills adnexed; purple, bruising deeper purple. Spores 9.3–10.9×5.3–6.3¼, ellipsoid, warty. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in broad-leaved woods, especially beech and birch; autumn. Rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible. Note the way all parts bruise dark purple is distinctive.