Cortinarius semisanguineus (Pagemantel (BE) / Surprise Webcap (EN) / Blutblättriger Hautkopf (DE) / Cortinaire semi-sanguin (FR)) is a medium-sized mushroom with a pale brown to ochre cap in the Cortinariaceae family. Verry attractive in this species are the blood red gills, becoming cinnamon-brown to rusty on age, giving a spore print of the same colour. The species is mycorrhizal with conifers, especially pines (rarely with hardwoods). Cortinarius semisanguineus can not be recommended for the table as it is suspected of being toxic; it may contain similar poisonous compounds to those found in deadly Cortinarius species. But its major claim to fame is that it suitable for dying wool with.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 05/10/2010
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