Cortinarius (Telamonia) brunneus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) brunneus (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, conical at first, then flat with an umbo; hygrophanous, brown, darker when wet, blackening with age. Stem 60–100×4–15mm, long and narrow, base sometimes slightly swollen; silky white from veil towards the base when young, then brown with a distinct white ring zone. Flesh brownish; taste mild, smell slightly radish-like. Gills adnate; chestnut-brown. Spores 7.7–8.6×5.8–6.6¼, broadly ovate, finely roughened. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in mixed woodland and with conifers; early autumn. Uncommon. Not edible. Note my photograph has young buttons lower left; the rest of the material is old, showing the blackening affect.