Light ocher webcap (Cortinarius claricolor) photo and description

Light buffy webcap (Cortinarius claricolor)

  • 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 claricolor (Light ocher webcap)

Synonyms :

  • Cortinarius claricolor

Webcap light buffy

Light ocher webcap (Cortinarius claricolor) is a lamellar mushroom of the Spiderweb family, belongs to the Spiderweb genus.

External description

Light buffy webcap (Cortinarius claricolor) is a mushroom with a dense and strong fruiting body. The color of the cap is light ocher or brownish. In young specimens, the edges of the cap are bent downward. Then they open, and the cap itself is made flat.

The hymenophore is lamellar, and the plates of young fruiting bodies are covered with a veil of a light shade, very similar to a cobweb (for this the mushroom got its name). When the mushrooms mature, the veil disappears, leaving a white mark around the edges of the cap. The plates themselves, after the coverlet is dropped, have a white color, over time they become dark, similar in color to clay.

The leg of ocher cobwebs is thick, fleshy, and long. In color, it is light, light ocher, in some specimens it is widened at the bottom. On its surface you can see the remains of the bedspread. The inside is full, dense and very juicy.

The mushroom flesh of the spiderweb is light ocher often - white, can cast bluish-purple. Dense, juicy and tender. An interesting fact is that light ocher cobwebs are rarely attacked by insect larvae.

Webcap light buffy

Season and habitat of the fungus

Light ocher webcap (Cortinarius claricolor) grows mainly in groups, can form witch circles, 45-50 fruiting bodies each. The mushroom looks appetizing, but rarely comes across mushroom pickers. It grows in dry coniferous forests dominated by pines. Such a mushroom is also found in pine forests with minimal moisture. Likes to grow among white and green mosses, in open areas, near lingonberries. Fruiting in September.


Light buffy webcap (Cortinarius claricolor) in official sources is called an inedible, weakly poisonous mushroom. However, seasoned mushroom pickers who have tasted it, say that the light ocher cobweb is very tasty and elastic. Before using it, you need to boil it, and then fry it. But still it is impossible to recommend this species for consumption.

Similar types and differences from them

Fruiting bodies of young light ocher spiderwebs (Cortinarius claricolor) are similar to porcini mushrooms. True, both types have a significant difference. The hymenophore of the porcini mushroom is tubular, and in the light ocher cobweb it is lamellar.

Other information about the mushroom

Light ocher spider webs are an understudied species of mushrooms, about which there is very little information in Russian literary publications. If the specimens form witch circles, then they may have a slightly different texture and color. On their legs, there may be no 3 belts characteristic of the species.