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Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis)

The slimy webcap mushroom (Cortinarius vanduzerensis) is known for its chestnut brown cap and violet stalk, both of which are covered in a thick layer of slime. Despite being one of the world's most viscid mushrooms, many enthusiasts also consider it to be one of the most attractive. Its edibility is uncertain, but consumption is not advised since some related species have proven to be deadly poisonous.

Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis). Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0211
Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis), mature and young mushrooms side-by-side. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA.
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Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis). Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0210
Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis), two mushrooms growing on a steep hillside. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA.
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Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis). Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0209
Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis). Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA.
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Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis). Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0208
Slimy webcap (Cortinarius vanduzerensis), close-up of an individual fruiting body. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA.
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