Cortinarius (Telamonia) biformis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Telamonia) biformis Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, broadly convex at first, soon becoming flat with a broad umbo; hygrophanous, dark brown when young, reddish-brown when wet, ochre when dry; smooth, with silky white veil remnants on the margin. Stem 60–15×5–10mm, tall and narrow, base slightly rooting; distinct white ring. Flesh hygrophanous, brown when wet; taste mild, smell slight. Gills adnate; rusty brown. Spores 7.5–9×5–5.7¼, ellipsoid, distinctly roughened. Spore print rusty brown. Habitat with conifers; early autunmn. Rare. Not edible. Note there is another form that is very similar but which has strong violet colours in the gills, stem, and flesh.