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Cortinarius caperatus   (Gypsy Mushroom)
North America, Europe, East Asia
Cap 5-12 cm diameter, stem 4-10 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm thick
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Cortinarius caperatus, also known as Gypsy Mushroom, is egg-shaped on emerging and its cap becomes convex to umbonate with age. It is yellow-brown with a wrinkled surface and remnants of the white to lilac veil in the center. The smooth stem has a narrow, sheathing ring, also known as a partial veil, which is a key identifying feature of the mushroom. The fruit bodies appear in autumn in coniferous and beech woods as well as heathlands in late summer and autumn.

Cap yellow-brown to brownish-ochre, which is covered with whitish fibres. The surface has a wrinkled and furrowed texture. It may have a lilac tinge when young. Initially convex before expanding and flattening with a boss (umbo) in the centre. Gills pallid buff or clay, adnate, crowded. Spores are pale brown. Stem slightly swollen at the base, and is whitish with a whitish ring, which is initially attached to the cap.

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