Observation 151303: Hygrophorus speciosus Peck

When: 2013-09-17

Collection location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Rob (gourmand)

No specimen available


This mushroom does not appear in earlier photos, but I am sure it was the same species. These were abundant the day I found them, in all stages between the normal convex, and this funnel shape.

Proposed Names

43% (3)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: yellow decurrent gills, slime ring, yellow stem, cap can be yellow orange
Used references: Mycoweb and Mushrooms of Quebec website
52% (3)
Recognized by sight

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there was some larch there.
By: Rob (gourmand)
2013-11-08 04:46:05 CST (-0600)

Forgot to mention it.

In the Northeast
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-11-07 22:48:44 CST (-0600)

H.speciosus is usually with larch.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-11-07 19:35:36 CST (-0600)

I agree…it’s closest to speciosus at this point, w/a sometimes fibrillose, mostly glutinous PV. I suspect that the cap was glutinous at some point, too. Plus, faded orange color fits.

I am adding another photo since this generated so much interest
By: Rob (gourmand)
2013-11-07 17:49:23 CST (-0600)

I figured this was a common mushroom, because it was locally abundant the day I found it. The trees in the area are mostly spruce, followed by birch, with some fir and maple.

I am quite certain the surface of these was not glutinous. It certainly was not in the older ones. it was shiny at best in the younger ones, if I remember correctly. I did collect some, but threw them out, as I have so little time to ID these days!

Deb, about that annular zone and H. Speciosus
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2013-11-07 13:30:29 CST (-0600)

VEIL glutinous, fleeting, tawny-reddish ring-like outer veil, (Hesler), single (double in var. kauffmanii), outer layer fleeting, leaving slime on stem, inner layer when present in var. kauffmanii fibrillose, sometimes forming slight ring on stem, (Arora)

I might still be wrong but thought I would quote the sources I read.

too bad you didn’t save it!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-11-07 13:11:22 CST (-0600)

neither speciosus nor hypothejus, IMO, but something more unusual.

I see a fibrillose ring on one fruit body, stocky shape, yellow gills, and possibility of slime (see debris stuck to cap in lower right).

Neither speciosus nor hypothejus has a true annulus. Hypothejus is quite delicate in form. Speciosus is stocky and orange-capped, but is extremely slimy and often has white gills.

Roseibrunneus should have a pinkish tinged cap, white gills and a white stipe, but it does have a partial veil.

I couldn’t find a good description of subsalmonius anywhere, altho there do seem to be lots of online photos, and a viscid orange cap is one of its characters.

Again, a good one to work up further. Next time, please try and collect it!

Beautiful hygroph, regardless of name.

Puzzling Waxcap
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-11-07 11:03:20 CST (-0600)

Rob, what trees were close-by? The cap does not appear to have been glutinous as there is not much debris adhering to the caps. The “veil” on the one fruiting does not look like a slime veil but the other fruit body appears to have one. Hygrophorus roseibrunneus is a possibility or if it was glutinous, Hygrophorus subsalmonius is another possibility.

FB just a lazy way
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2013-11-06 23:38:50 CST (-0600)

of saying mushroom (eg. fruit body).

By: Rob (gourmand)
2013-11-06 21:11:26 CST (-0600)

Yes, you mean, is there a ring on the stalk? yes. (the FB?)

It is gorgeous, Rob,
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2013-11-06 20:55:48 CST (-0600)

is that an annulus on the FB in the first photo?


By: Rob (gourmand)
2013-11-05 21:05:20 CST (-0600)
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2013-11-05 19:42:44 CST (-0600)

What a lovely mushroom!

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