These slimy-stemmed waxy caps (=Gliophorus) have distinctly translucent-striate caps, reddish-orange to orange-yellow to entirely yellow caps (fading very quickly as they age). The center of the cap is milky whitish to translucent or clear at all ages. Gills are yellowish to yellowish orange, and vary in intensity of color. The upper stipe is slightly scurfy when young at least.
As far as I can tell, this matches no described species in the literature.
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I first found it in 2010, and have found it many times since. Even last year, in the driest of dry…
Go into any coastal Cypress stands in the late fall or winter. There was a lot of it under the Cypress in Mendocino last week, (all over Larkin Rd…). I saw it at seven locations in Mendocino Co. , (first sightings of this year for me). Last winter I saw it a few times in the San Mateo Co, twice at Pt Reyes, and a number of times in the Mendocino area. 2011 there was a LOT of it, mostly in Mendocino and Santa Cruz Co, but that was where I was hunting at the time…
I’ll post a bunch of observations for it, but will probably wait until it’s published.
what years have you found it? remember, my obsie here on MO in 2010 was the first time that anyone had seen it or documented it, so I wouldn’t actually call it a “common” species … why would you?
are you finding collections this year? seems to be a very good year for waxies. We found another unique chartreuse species with a brownish orange cap up at Albion this past weekend, that unfortunately didn’t make it.
than SC/Huck; (but I agree that there is a SC/Huck connection with Leptonia/Hygrocybe).
This is a common species that we have found from Santa Cruz to northern Mendocino Co. It doesn’t appear that Largent ever collected it though; I have never seen it in his neck of the woods.
It usually is under Cypress, CA Bay-laurel and to a lesser extent, Redwood.
The only similar species in CA are Gliophorus minutulus, which doesn’t fade as much (all red to start, fading to orange on the margin, keeping red on the disc), generally has a red to reddish-orange stipe, and lacks the milky, translucent disc.
G subminutulus is very similar to minutulus but has smaller spores.
The rest of the little red-orange Hygrocybe in CA have dry to moist stipes.
and I am not surprised that you also found it in Santa Cruz Co. What is with that Huckleberry/Santa Cruz connection??! This is not the first incident of unique species to both areas.
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