Cortinarius (Sericeocybe) malachius

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Sericeocybe) malachius (Fr.) Fr. syn. C. malachioides P.D. Orton (illustrated 25% life size) Cap 4–11cm across, convex then expanded; violaceous-clay then pale clay-buff to ochraceous, discolouring tawny ochre; densely covered by the whitish, silky veil at first. Stem 40–140×10–20mm, swollen to bulbous; pale violaceous at first, persisting at apex, elsewhere becoming dirty white to ochraceous, base with white or violet down; cortina white or pale violaceous. Flesh violaceous at first, stem apex remaining so, elsewhere whitish-pallid; taste and smell faint, pleasant. Gills adnexed; violaceous at first, soon clay, then rusty. Spores 7.5–9×4.5–5.5¼, elliptical, finely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat in coniferous woods; autumn. Rare. Suspect avoid. Note photographed by Geoffrey Kibby.