Webcap camphor

Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus) Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus) Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus)

Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus)


  • 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 camphoratus (Camphor webcap)

Webcap camphor

Camphor webcap (lat.Cortinarius camphoratus) is a poisonous mushroom of the genus Webcap (lat.Cortinarius).

Hat: 6-12 cm in diameter, fleshy (slightly less textured compared to other purple cobwebs of this class), the color is quite variable – young healthy specimens stand out with a purple center and purple edging, but the colors somehow mix with age. The shape is initially hemispherical, compact, then opens, usually retaining the correct shape. The surface is dry, velvety-fibrous. The pulp is dense, indeterminate rusty-brown color, with a rather characteristic musty odor, reminiscent (according to literature data) of rotting potatoes.

Plates: Adherent to the tooth, in youth, for a very short time – the colors of the center of the cap (indefinitely purple), then, as the spores mature, take on a rusty hue. As usual, in young specimens, the spore-bearing layer is covered with a cobweb blanket.

Spore powder: Rusty brown.

Stem: Quite thick (1-2 cm in diameter), cylindrical, widened at the base, although usually without the hypertrophied tuberosity characteristic of many similar species. The surface is bluish-violet, matching the color of the edges of the cap, with a weakly pronounced longitudinal scaly and not always noticeable strip-like remnants of the cortina.

Distribution: The camphor webcap occurs in deciduous and coniferous forests from late August to somewhere in early October, infrequently, but in large groups. Fruiting, as far as I can tell, is stable, year after year.

Similar species: All cobwebs that have purple colors in their arsenal can be entered into similar species. In particular, these are white-purple spiderwebs (Cortinarius alboviolaceus), goat (Cortinarius traganus), silver (Cortinarius argentatus), and others, including Cortinarius sailor, for which there was no Russian name either. Due to the wide variability of colors and shapes, there are no clear formal signs to distinguish 'one from the other'; we can only say that camphor spiderweb stands out from a number of fellows with a less massive structure and a more unpleasant odor. In any case, only microscopic, and even better – genetic research can give full confidence here. I don't like cobwebs.

Edible: Apparently absent.

Remarks Dear amateur mycologists! If you want to lose confidence in yourself and hate mushrooms, wait for a good year, take pictures of blue cobwebs from all angles, and then try to identify them. A lot of fun awaits you!

Better yet, try to refrain from filming. If, of course, there is enough will for it. Large blue spiderwebs are very beautiful, very textured, very charismatic mushrooms. They have their own will: not everyone is able to pass them by. As a rule, even fanatical Grebe fighters do not knock them down. They are admired, they are terrified. And since you can't eat them, and you have to do something with them, there is nothing left but to take out the camera, screw on the tripod and, crawling on all fours, take pictures of yourself a few more reasons for despair.

Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus) Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus) Camphor webcap (Cortinarius camphoratus)

Photo of the mushroom Spiderweb camphor from the questions in recognition:

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