Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) balteatus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) balteatus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 4–12cm across, convex, margin involute at first; hazel- to foxy brown, violet at the margin when young (this is not shown in these specimens); sticky at first, becoming dry. Stem 40–70×20–40mm, base often swollen, with ochre veil remnants. Flesh white; taste mild, smell mild, musty. Gills adnate; whitish-cream then buff. Spores 10–11×5.5–7¼, almond-shaped, warty. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in spruce or mixed woods; autumn. Very rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible.