Cinnamon Webcap

Cortinarius (Dermocybe) cinnamomeus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cinnamon Webcap Cortinarius (Dermocybe) cinnamomeus (L.) Gray (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–6cm across, convex then expanded and often umbonate; olive-yellow to olive-buff, with reddish-brown tinge at centre, soon becoming bright red-brown to coppery; covered in radiating fibrils. Stem 25–100×3–10mm, lemon- to chrome-yellow, becoming ringed in tawny fibrous scales below from the veil; cortina yellowish. Flesh lemon- to chrome-yellow, tinged olivaceous above the gills; taste bitter and radishy, smell faintly of radish. Gills adnate; deep lemon- to chrome-yellow at first, then deep golden to tawny or bright golden-red. Spores 6.5–8×4–5¼, elliptical, almost smooth to minutely roughened. Spore print rust. Habitat with conifers and birch; autumn. Occasional. Suspect avoid.