Slime webcap (Cortinarius mucifluus) photo and description

Slime webcap (Cortinarius mucifluus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Cortinariaceae (Spiderwebs)
  • Genus: Cortinarius (Webcap)
  • Species: Cortinarius mucifluus (Slime webcap)

Slime webcap (Cortinarius mucifluus)

Slime cobweb is a member of the numerous eponymous family of cobweb mushrooms. This type of mushroom should not be confused with a slimy spider web.

It grows throughout Eurasia, as well as in North America. Loves conifers (especially pine forests), as well as mixed forests.

The fruiting body is represented by a cap and a pronounced stalk.

The cap is large enough (up to 10-12 centimeters in diameter), at first it has a bell-shaped shape, then, in adult mushrooms, it is flatter, with very uneven edges. The cap is denser in the center, thinner at the edges. Color - yellowish, brown, brown.

The surface is very abundantly covered with mucus, which may even hang from the cap. The lower plates are sparse, brown or brown.

The stem is in the form of a spindle, up to 20 cm long. Has a white color, in some specimens even with a slight blueness. A lot of mucus. Also on the leg there may be remnants of the canvas (in the form of several rings or flakes).

Spores of the spiderweb mucus in the form of lemon, brown, there are many pimples on the surface.

The pulp is white, creamy. There is no smell and taste.

It belongs to the edible species of mushrooms, but preliminary processing is required. In western specialized literature, it is noted as an inedible type of mushroom.