Earthy Webcap

Cortinarius (Telamonia) hinnuleus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Earthy Webcap Cortinarius (Telamonia) hinnuleus (Sowerby) Fr. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2.5–6cm across, convex to bell-shaped, then expanded and umbonate; dark ochre-brown when moist, drying paler and more ochraceous, margin pallid when young, and covered in the whitish, cobwebby veil. Stem 30–100Γ—5–12mm; paler than cap; covered below in white, silky velar remains, often forming a distinct white ring-like zone; cortina white. Flesh whitish, tinged with cap colour, often flushed violaceous in stem apex when young; taste mild with a slightly bitter aftertaste, smell slight, sometimes faintly of radish. Gills adnate, distant; tinged violaceous at first, ochraceous then tawny. Spore print rust. Spores 7–9Γ—4–4.75ΒΌ, narrowly elliptical, minutely roughened. Habitat with poplar and willow; autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility.

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