Contrary Webcap

Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) varius

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Contrary Webcap Cortinarius (Phlegmacium) varius (Schaeff.) Fr. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, hemispherical then convex; yellow-brown; glutinous. Stem 40–100×10–18mm, base swollen to clavate; white, darkening a little with age; the veil may form a slight ring zone. Flesh white; taste mild, smell slight. Gills adnate; pale lilac to pallid clay at first, then more rusty. Spores 9.5–11×5.5–6.5¼, almond-shaped. Spore print rust-brown. Habitat with conifers in mountains; autumn. Uncommon, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible.