Cortinarius phoeniceus    (Bull. ex Ventenat) Maire 

common name(s) : Phoenician Cortinarius 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Cortinariaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Cortinariales/Cortinariaceae/Cortinarieae [sub-genus:Dermocybe]  

synonyms: Dermocybe phoeniceus, Dermocybe phoenicea, Cortinarius purpureus, Dermocybe purpureus 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Dermocybe sanguinea-vitiosa)  

edibility : poisonous

photo gallery of  Cortinarius phoeniceus
photo gallery of  Cortinarius phoeniceus potential confusions with  Cortinarius phoeniceus toxicity of Cortinarius phoeniceus genus Cortinarius  

The cap is red-brown orange, with a central umbo; its margin is irregularly lobed. The cap surface is not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is yellow to cinnamon brown, with red fibrils, with a ring zone (cortina remains), with a cortina.

The flesh is white to brownish or tawny yellowish, unchanging; its taste is bitter; the odour is faint, of raw potato; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are purple red then dark brown, adnate, distant . The spore print is rusty brown. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in coniferous or broad-leaved woods, on a rather acid soil, with pine, spruce, beech, oak, chestnut, birch.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 10 cm)
  height of stem approximately 6 cm (between 2.5 and 9 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 9 mm (between 5 and 15 mm)

Distinctive features : red-brown, fibrillose to finely scaly cap; blood-red gills in the youth; lames rouge-sang; yellow stem, covered with red fibrils at its base

Cortinarius phoeniceus is rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Cortinarius phoeniceus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Cortinarius phoeniceus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18