Cortinarius (Telamonia) cinnabarinus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Cortinarius (Telamonia) cinnabarinus Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, conical then flat with a slight umbo; cinnabar-red, fading with age; matted with dry, shining, innate fibrils. Stem 20–50Γ—3–8mm, normally equal but base sometimes swollen; dull cinnabar-red, fading; silky. Flesh pallid, with reddish tints; taste mild, smell slight. Gills adnate; cinnabar-red then dark rusty red. Spores 8.5–10Γ—4–6ΒΌ, ellipsoid, very rough. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in oak and beech woods; late summer. Uncommon. Not edible. Note my specimens are not as completely cinnabar-red as this species normally is. In the past it has been placed in subgenus Dermocybe.

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