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Cambodia 2001 issue, Scott's catalog # 2071 CTO, topicals fungi: mushrooms, plants. This stamp is without defects, has no damage, with nice fresh color, and nice light cancel.
The Lethal webcaps, two species in the genus Cortinarius, are two of the world's most poisonous mushrooms. The species are the Deadly webcap (Cortinarius rubellus, formerly also known as C. speciosissimus) and the Fool's webcap, C. orellanus.
Fool's webcap (Cortinarius orellanus):
Spore color: Rusty brown to orange Cap: 3-8.5 cm, concave Gills: Similar to those of the deadly webcap Location: Common throughout Europe, rare in the northern parts of Europe. Has been observed as far north as southern Norway
Habitat: In forests, around trees where the soil is alkaline or acidic.
Other details: Young specimens of the Fool's webcap also contain a web between the cap and the stem that partially or completely disappears as the specimen ages.
The Deadly webcap and the Fool's webcap both contain the toxin orellanin and orellin, orellinin and Cortinarin A,B,C. A characteristic of orellanin poisoning is the long latency; the first symptoms usually don't appear until 2-3 days after ingestion and can in some cases take as long as 3 weeks. The first symptoms of orellanin poisoning are similar to the common flu (nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, headaches, etc.). These symptoms are followed by early stages of renal failure (immense thirst, frequent urination, pain on and around the kidneys), and eventually decreased or nonexistent urine output and other symptoms of renal failure occur. If left untreated, death will follow. There is no known antidote against orellanin poisoning, but early hospitalization and treatment can sometimes prevent serious injuries and usually prevent death. If you suspect orellanin poisoning, seek emergency medical attention.
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