Blood-red Webcap

Cortinarius (Dermocybe) sanguineus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Blood-red Webcap Cortinarius (Dermocybe) sanguineus (Wulfen) Fr. syn. C. puniceus P.D. Orton (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, flattened convex; carmine to dark blood-red, covered in radiating silky fibrils when viewed with a lens. Stem 30–60Γ—3–8mm, slightly thickened at base; concolorous with cap or darker, base with pinkish or yellowish down; cortina red. Flesh concolorous, deep reddish-purple over gills and in stem cuticle; smell faint, pleasant. Gills adnate; concolorous with cap or darker, finally tinged rusty. Spores 7–9Γ—4–6ΒΌ, elliptical, minutely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat coniferous woods; autumn. Occasional. Suspect avoid.

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