Observation 117724: Hygrophorus erubescens (Fr.) Fr.

When: 2012-10-05

Collection location: West Forks, Maine, USA [Click for map]

45.3017° -70.217°

Who: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)

Specimen available

Pale pink Tricholomatoid mushroom with dark magenta color developing on mature caps. I have seen this several times, but only in this one very remote location in mixed woods near the Dead River near West Forks, ME. It is quite distinctive. Spores are smooth and elongate with a 20 spore average of 8.6 × 4.0, Qm = 2.16 and with a distinct apiculus. Spore print is white and spores stain pale yellow in Melzer’s. See photomicrographs.


20 spore average of 8.6 × 4.0, Qm = 2.16 and with a distinct apiculus.
Enlarged DIC image, 20 spore average of 8.6 × 4.0, Qm=2.16 and with a distinct apiculus.

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Thanks Walt…
By: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)
2014-03-16 18:44:36 CDT (-0500)

now that I look at your book it looks pretty similar to H. purpurascens also. I remember when I first saw this mushroom many years ago in this VERY remote location in Maine. I was totally stumped and ran into it again in 2012 with this observation.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-03-16 10:11:52 CDT (-0500)

Photo on page 159. Compare with H. capreolaris which this might be.

Thanks Christine!
By: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)
2012-11-23 15:11:48 CST (-0600)

Now that you point me to this species, it’s pretty clearly it. The published pictures I had are not so “vinaceous” streaked and I initially discounted it. Interestingly, the Bessette’s recent Waxcap book (which I just bought) does not have a picture of this variety.

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