Cortinarius (Cortinarius) rubicundulus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Cortinarius) rubicundulus (Rea) A. Pearson (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 4–9cm across, convex, becoming flat; pallid whitish-ochre, soon dull orange-yellow, bruising bright chrome-yellow when touched, then reddish; greasy when wet (so at first you might confuse it with Phlegmacium); lightly fibrillose. Stem 40–80Γ—8–14mm, base swollen, sometimes in fused clumps (caespitose); pallid whitish, bruising then turning more orange. Flesh white, discolouring chrome-yellow, especially at base; taste and smell slight, pleasant. Gills adnexed; pallid buff then rusty; bruising chrome-yellow. Spores 6.1–7.3Γ—4.2–4.6ΒΌ, ellipsoid, rough. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in deciduous woods; autumn. Very rare. Not edible.

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