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Cortinarius sanguineus

   (Family: Cortinariaceae)
   
Common name: Bloodred Webcap EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Deadly
Size: 20 - 50 mm
Colour:
Dark red (lurid)
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Spore colour:
Rusty brown
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: Odour not significant
Fruiting season: autumn
General info: EDIT
Blood red colour of the cap gills and stem of this distinct mushroom fully justify the common name of this mushroom, (Bloodred Webcap).The Bloodred Webcap is found mainly in coniferous woodland and particularly in dark, damp and mossy forests.

This mushroom is reported to contain anthracene compounds and is recorded as 'suspect' in many field guides; therefore it should not be gathered for eating. Some reddish Cortinarius species with which the Bloodred Webcap could be confused contain the toxin orellanine, which if eaten destroys human kidneys and liver.
On a positive side the mushroom is used in a small way in the dyeing craft industry.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: convex
Pileus (Cap) decorations: fibrous
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: distant
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  The adnate gills are moderately spaced and blood red, turning red-brown with age.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  Similar to cap colour, becoming paler towards the base; cylindrical, but slightly swollen towards base; 30 to 80 mm long, 7 to 11mm diameter.
 
 
Habitat: Grows in woods
Habitat info: EDIT
In coniferous woodland.
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