Cortinarius (Sericeocybe) melinus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Sericeocybe) melinus Britzelm. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–10cm across, convex then flat; yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, not hygrophanous; dry, finely tomentose-scaly. Stem 35–65×5–10mm, slightly swollen at the base; yellowish-brown; patches of yellow universal veil. Flesh yellowish-brown to pallid; taste mild, smell of radish, especially when crushed. Gills adnate; deep yellowish, becoming more rusty. Spores 7.5–8.7×5.8–6.8¼, broadly ellipsoid to pip-shaped to subspherical, warty. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat with spruce; late summer. Rare in mainland Europe, not recorded for Britain. Not edible.