Girdled Webcap - Cortinarius trivialis


Identification of webcaps is very difficult, and unfortunately there are many brownish species with macroscopic characteristics similar to this unremarkable member of the clan; fortunately, the 'girdled' stem is a helpful identifying feature of Cortinarius trivialis. The caps of this species are 3.5 to 11 cm in diameter; conico-convex at first, expanding until almost flat or occasionally with a shallow central depression but retaining a slight umbo; tawny to bay brown sometimes with a central bluish flush that is soon lost, the caps are paler towards the margin; extremely viscid.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good photographs required including an image of the girdled stem.


Ectomycorrhizal, in boggy broadleaf woodland.

When to see it

August to October.

UK Status

An uncommon but quite widespread species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map