Cortinarius (Telamonia) obtusus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) obtusus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 1–4cm across, conical to bell-shaped, becoming expanded and umbonate, sometimes splitting at the margin; reddish-brown and striate when moist, drying ochre to light tan. Stem 40–80×4–10mm, often spindle-shaped towards the base; ochre-tan, covered in white fibres; cortina white. Flesh ochre-tan; smell strongly of radish to iodoform. Gills almost free; ochre-cinnamon then cinnamon-brown. Spores 6–8.5×4.5–5.5¼, elliptical. Spore print rust. Habitat in coniferous woods, especially pine; spring to autumn. Uncommon. Suspect avoid. Note this is a member of a complex of very similar taxa, and it needs further study.