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Cortinarius caperatus
gypsy, gypsy mushroom

Distribution: Common in certain years in the PNW, but becomes less abundant inland and to the south

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Commonly collected for food


Commonly collected for food

Identification Notes:

Distinctive among brown-spored mushrooms because of the persistent white membranous ring, and the white universal veil that often leaves a thin whitish coating on the cap and a slight membranous rim around the base of the stipe. The cap is brownish to brownish ocher, sometimes with whitish veil remnants at the center. The gills are pale brown to darker brown with pale edges and often appear crisped or wavy. The stipe is whitish to creamy or pale yellow-brown and fibrillose, especially below the ring. Sometimes the veil on the cap or the stipe apex has slight violet tones.


Common name: The Gypsy

Accepted Name:
Cortinarius caperatus (Pers.: Fr.) Fr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
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Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cortinarius caperatus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Cortinarius caperatus photos.

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