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Cortinarius semisanguineus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Beautiful light and great gills. You are so right in calling the color cinnamon ^^

16 Nov 2010 8:02am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

wow makes me feel like a tiny little insect ! great picture

16 Nov 2010 12:32pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Großartig in jeder Hinsicht ! Der Pilz ist schön, die Farben sind großartig und der Bildaufbau ist exzellent !

16 Nov 2010 3:36pm

myky from London, Canada

Another fantastic image!

16 Nov 2010 4:09pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Your perspective makes this shroom look massive in size, like you are the tiny bug beneath looking up. Nice!

16 Nov 2010 7:30pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wonderful angle, I don't know how you do it, I love the rust colour of this species

16 Nov 2010 8:50pm

Chris from Béarn, France

c'est un monde que je ne connais pas, mais quelle merveille !!!! merci

16 Nov 2010 10:39pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm