Slimy webcap

Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus) Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus) Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus)

Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus)


  • 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 mucosus (Slimy webcap)

Slimy webcap

Slimy webcap (lat.Cortinarius mucosus) – a species of mushrooms belonging to the genus Cobweb (Cortinarius) of the Spiderweb family (Cortinariaceae)

External description

Hat: Medium size for a spider web (5-10 cm in diameter), at first hemispherical or bell-shaped, compact, tucked under itself, as the mushroom matures, it gradually opens up to slightly convex, often with raised edges; a characteristic feature is a relatively thin edge with a thick center. Color – from clay yellow to juicy dark brown in adult specimens; usually darker in the center. The surface is densely covered with transparent mucus, which disappears only in the driest periods. The flesh is whitish, dense, with a mild 'cobweb' smell.

Plates: Weakly adherent, rather wide, of medium frequency, dull gray in young mushrooms, then acquire a rusty-brown color, characteristic of the vast majority of cobwebs.

Spore powder: Rusty brown.

The leg of the mucous spider web: Long and slender (height 6-12 cm, thickness 1-2 cm), cylindrical, usually regular in shape; the remains of the cortina are not particularly noticeable behind the layer of mucus covering the peduncle in the middle and lower part. The color of the leg is light (except for the dark base), the surface, not occupied by mucus, is silky, the flesh is very dense, light.


The slimy webcap is found from mid-August to the end of October in coniferous and mixed forests, forms mycorrhiza, apparently with pine. It comes across infrequently, does not form large groups.

Similar species

Cobwebs with such a slimy cap are relatively few. Of the common ones, the soiling spiderweb (Cortinarius collinitus) is similar, but it cooperates with spruce trees and is distinguished by a characteristic 'screw' leg, repeatedly girdled with the remains of a spider web. Although, of course, cobwebs are cobwebs – there can be no complete certainty here. A slimy webcap is also called a closely related species, Cortinarius mucifluus.


In foreign literature, the mushroom Cortinarius mucosus is described as inedible. We eat.


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Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus) Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus) Slimy webcap (Cortinarius mucosus)

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