Stocking Webcap

Cortinarius (Telamonia) torvus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Stocking Webcap Cortinarius (Telamonia) torvus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex then flattened; clay-brown, covered in darker, innate, radiating fibrils. Stem 40–60×10–15mm, slightly swollen at base; clay-buff, flushed violaceous above the membranous sheathing ring. Flesh buff, flushed violaceous in upper stem; taste slightly bitter or stinging, smell heavy and sweet. Gills adnate; lilac-clay at first, later light brown to rust. Spores 8–10×5–6.5¼, elliptical, minutely rough. Spore print rust. Habitat in deciduous woods, especially beech; autumn. Occasional. Suspect avoid.

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