Cortinarius speciosissimus    Kühner & Romagn. 

common name(s) : Deadly Webcap, Suspect Cortinarius 

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

synonyms: Leprocybe speciosissimus, Cortinarius rubellus, Leprocybe rubellus, Cortinarius orellanoides 

edibility : deadly poisonous

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

The cap is reddish brown to rust. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is rusty, without ring, with a cortina.

The flesh is pale yellow, with red-brown shades in the stem, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is weak, of radish; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pale ochre then rusty red, adnate to emarginate, distant . The spore print is rusty brown. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in moist coniferous woods, sometimes also under broad-leaved trees, amongst moss, peat, with blueberries, on a rather acid soil, with spruce.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 6 cm (between 2.5 and 12 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 5 and 13 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 12 mm (between 5 and 25 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : red-brown, woolly-velvety and umbonate cap; reddish-brown stem with paler cortinal bands formed by the velar remnants; odour of radish; with conifers

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

page updated on 14/01/18