Scaly webcap (Cortinarius pholideus) photo and description

Scaly webcap (Cortinarius pholideus)

  • 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 pholideus (Scaly webcap)

Scaly webcap


A hat with a diameter of 3-8 cm, at first bell-shaped, then convex, with a blunt tubercle, with numerous dark brown scales on a pale brown, brown-brown background, with a darker middle and a light, brownish, sometimes with a lilac shade edge

The plates are rare, adherent with a tooth, at first gray-brownish with a violet tint, then brownish, rusty-brown. The cobweb cover is light brownish, noticeable.

The spore powder is brown.

Stem 5-8 cm long and about 1 cm in diameter, cylindrical, widened towards the base, slightly clavate, solid, later hollow, smooth at the top, gray-brownish with a violet tint, pale brown below with several concentric scaly dark-brown bands.

The flesh is loose, grayish-violet, light brownish at the stem, sometimes with a faint musty odor.


The scaly webcap lives from late August to late September in coniferous, deciduous and mixed (with birch) forests, in humid places, in moss, near swamps, in groups and singly, not uncommon


Scaly webcap - Edible mushroom of medium quality, used fresh (boiling for about 15 minutes, the smell is boiled down) in second courses, salted, pickled (one cap is better).