Observation 116097: Hygrocybe virginea (Wulfen:Fr.) P.D.Orton&Watling var. virginea
When: 2012-10-25
(46.3308° 13.6914° 620m)
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Code: Bot_676/2012_DSC5870

Habitat: Open, unimproved grassland, pasture; moderately northeast oriented mountain slope, calcareous ground, mostly sunny, exposed to direct rain, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 6-8 deg C, elevations 620 m (2.050 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: soil.

Place: Vrsnik valley, at the foot of Mt. Črni vrh, 1.544 m (5.064 feet), above the road to ‘Na skali’ village, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

Comments: growing in a small group of about 10 pilei more or less in line; pileus slightly sticky, hydrophanous, pileus diameter 2.5 – 3.5 cm, stem up to 6 cm long, 4-6 mm in diameter, some compressed, fibrillose, slight pinkish tint at the base; context white, brittle, yet less than in for example with H. pratensis or H. punicea; SP faint, whitish (?)

Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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Recognized by sight
Used references: (1) D. Boertmann, Hygrocybe, 2nd Rev., Svampetryk (2010), p 56.
(2) R.Phillips, Mushrooms, Macmillan (2006),
(3) S.Buczacki, Collins Fungi Guide, Collins (2012), p 276.
(4) G.J.Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Bade-Württembergs, Band 3, Ulmer (2001), p 40.
(5) Identification confirmed by Mr. Anton Poler (Nov.8.2012).
Based on microscopic features: Spore dimensions: 8.8 (SD = 0.6) x 5.1 (SD = 0.5) micr., Q = 1.75 (SD = 0.15), n = 30. Olympus CH20, Olympus NEA 100x/1,25, oil, magnification 1.000 x, in water. Ref.:(1) and (2) report spore dimensions from two-spored basidia to be somewhat larger, up to 12 × 6 microns, which probably explains my measurements, which fall outside reported data from literature valid for four-spored basidia.
Based on chemical features: Taste indistinctive, smell almost indistinctive, very mild, on pharmacy(?).

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