Cortinarius (Telamonia) hemitrichus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) hemitrichus (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, conical, becoming flattened with an umbo; hygrophanous, cinnamon-brown under a dense layer of tiny white hair-scales. Stem 30–60×3–8mm, may be swollen at base; woolly white, with denser white zones. Flesh pallid when dry, brownish when wet, sometimes with a hint of violet; taste slight, smell strong, of pelargonium. Gills adnexed; pallid creamy grey at first then cinnamon. Spores 7–8×4–5¼, ellipsoid, finely roughened. Spore print rusty red. Habitat in mixed woodland, especially with birch; autumn. Frequent. Not edible.