Silver webcap

Silver webcap (Cortinarius argentatus) Silver webcap (Cortinarius argentatus) Silver webcap (Cortinarius argentatus)

Silver webcap (Cortinarius argentatus)


  • 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 argentatus (Silver webcap)


  • Cortinarius subargentatus

Silver webcap (Cortinarius argentatus)

The mushroom is from the spiderweb family, which has many different species.

Grows everywhere, prefers conifers, deciduous forests. Abundant growth occurs in August – September, less often in October. Fruiting is stable, almost every year.

The cap of the silvery spider web reaches sizes up to 6-7 centimeters, at first it is very strongly convex, then it becomes flat.

There are bumps, wrinkles, folds on the surface. Color – purple, can fade almost to white. The surface is silky, pleasant to the touch.

Cortinarius subargentatus 2 On the lower surface of the cap there are plates, the color is purple, then ocher, brown, with a tinge of rust.

The leg is up to 10 cm high, expands to the bottom, very thin at the top. Color – brown, gray, with purple tints. There are no rings.

The pulp is very fleshy.

There are many species of these mushrooms similar to the silvery spider web – goat cobweb, white-violet, camphor and others. They are united by their characteristic violet shade for this group, while other differences can be clarified only with the help of genetic studies.

It is an inedible mushroom.

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