Bulbous webcap (Leucocortinarius bulbiger)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
- Genus: Leucocortinarius (Whiteweed)
- Species: Leucocortinarius bulbiger
Hat: Diameter 4-8 cm, in young specimens it is semi-ovate or bell-shaped, gradually opens to semi-extended with age; in the center a blunt tubercle remains for a long time. The edges of the cap are covered with white remnants of the cortina, especially noticeable in young specimens; color indefinite, rolling, from cream to dirty orange, the surface is smooth and dry. The flesh of the cap is thick, soft, whitish, without any particular smell or taste.
Plates: Adherent to the tooth, frequent, narrow, white in youth, then darken to cream (unlike other cobwebs, due to the white color of the spore powder, the plates do not acquire a completely dark color even in adulthood). In young specimens, the plates are covered with a white cobweb cortina.
Spore powder: White.
Stem: Short (5-7 cm in height) and thick (1-2 cm in diameter), white, with a prominent tuberous base; the ring is white, spider-like, free. Above the ring, the leg is smooth, below it is velvety. The flesh of the leg is grayish, fibrous.
Distribution: Occurs from August to October in coniferous and mixed forests, forming mycorrhiza with pine and spruce.
Similar species: From the spiderweb family, this mushroom certainly stands out with a white spore powder and plates that do not darken until old age. A slight resemblance to an extremely unfortunate specimen of the red fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) should also be noted: the white remnants of the cortina along the edges of the cap resemble half-washed warts, and the pinkish-cream color is also not a rarity for a very faded red fly agaric. So such a distant resemblance would rather serve as a good distinguishing feature of the white-webbed rather than a reason to eat a red fly agaric by mistake.
Edible: Considered a medium quality edible mushroom.
Remarks Bulbous white-webbed is one of the few mushrooms recognizable at first sight. As I remember now: I was walking through an old spruce forest, heavily loaded with saffron milk caps and umbrellas, and suddenly noticed a flock of stocky reddish fungi. 'Bah, yes this is–', – no, of course, the word 'white-webbed' or, God forgive me, 'Leucocortinarius bulbiger' would be unnatural to remember, but recognition came instantly. Lucky, very lucky mushroom. Just pick it up and eat it.
Photo of the mushroom White-webbed bulbous from the questions in recognition:
2019.02.06 Maria 2017.09.11 Valery 2017.01.25 Sergey