Peacock webcap (Cortinarius pavonius) photo and description

Peacock webcap (Cortinarius pavonius)

  • 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 pavonius (Peacock's webcap)

Peacock webcap (Cortinarius pavonius)

The peacock webcap is found in the forests of many European countries (Germany, France, Great Britain, Denmark, the Baltic countries). In our country, it grows in the European part, as well as in Siberia, in the Urals. He prefers to grow in mountainous and hilly areas, his favorite tree is beech. Season - from the beginning of August to the end of September, less often - until October.

Fruiting body - cap and leg. In young specimens, the cap has the shape of a ball, then it begins to straighten, becomes flat. There is a tubercle in the center, the edges are strongly depressed, with cracks.

The surface of the cap is literally dotted with small scales, the color of which varies. In the spider web, peacock scales have a brick color.

The cap is attached to a thick and very strong stem, which also has scales.

The plates under the cap are frequent, differ in fleshy structure, in young mushrooms the color is purple.

The pulp is slightly fibrous, there is no smell, the taste is neutral.

The peculiarity of this type is a change in the color of the scales on the cap and leg. Cutting the pulp in air quickly turns yellow.

The mushroom is inedible, contains toxins hazardous to human health.