Welcome to Mushroom World, your resource for mushroom information. This site contains information and images of mushrooms found mainly in Europe and North America. You can use this information to identify fungus, but if you intend to eat the mushrooms you identify, never rely on one source for mushroom identification, and never eat any wild mushroom until an expert mycologist has checked your identification.
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There are thousands of different mushroom species, so we have tried to limit those we list to the most common ones. New species are also continuously added to the site.
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Today's mushroom is Cortinarius orellanus (Fool's Webcap). The mushroom is Lethally poisonous. It grows in North America, Europe.
Description: Cortinarius orellanus, also know as Fool's Webcap, is a medium-sized agaric with a tawny brown, blunt umbonate cap. The gills are coloured as the stem. Grows solitary or in scattered trooping groups, with broad-leaf trees. The mushroom is lethally poisonous.
Cap bell-shaped, with a sharply inrolled margin at first, expanding to convex or flat, with a broad, low, rounded hump. Surface minutely fibrillose, tending to develop fine, depressed scales. Brownish orange to reddish-orange. Margin thin, often flaring in age. Stem cylindrical, becoming hollow. Surface fibrillose; moderate yellow to moderate orange with zones of reddish.
Similar species Many in Cortinarius and related genera.
Cortinarius orellanus on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Dimensions: Cap 3-7 cm diameter, stem 3-8 cm tall * 0.5-1.3 cm diameter
If you are interested in this mushroom, look it up in our database. You can find more detailed pictures there.