Cortinarius (Telamonia) saturninus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) saturninus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, convex with a slight umbo; hygrophanous, chestnut- to reddish-brown when wet; smooth, with silky white veil remnants on the margin. Stem 30–80×8–12mm, often twisted, base sometimes swollen; silky white from veil, showing streaky brown from damp flesh. Flesh white to mottled brown with a hint of violet; taste mild, smell slight. Gills adnate; rusty brown. Spores 7–8.5×5.5–6.1¼, elliptical, rough. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in mixed woods or copses, usually growing in clumps; early autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.