Cortinarius (Telamonia) rigens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) rigens (Pers.) Fr. syn. C. duracinus Fr. syn. C. candelaris sensu auct. mult. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex then expanded to domed, usually with an inrolled margin; hygrophanous, cinnamon-brown when wet, pallid cream to reddish-ochre when dry; surface smooth. Stem 40–120×6–15mm, tapering downwards, usually to a rooting point; white, smooth. Flesh white; smell similar to iodine. Gills adnate, creamy coloured at first, then reddish-buff. Spores 9–11×5–6.5¼, ovoid, lightly roughened. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat in broad-leaved or mixed woods; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.