Observation 212683: Hygrocybe cuspidata (Peck) Murrill
When: 2013-10-11
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Small mushroom – about 1.5 inch across cap. Wet feel when I broke cap and no significant smell.

It was growing from the ground amidst leaf litter under mixed hardwoods.

The base of the stalk had a slight greenish cast. The last photo shows the loosely spaced gills.

Did not stain black.

Did not smell or taste.

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Looks close
By: L G Price (LG_Price)
2015-08-13 20:01:57 EDT (-0400)

I read the Hestler/A. H. Smith description in “North American species of Hygrophorus”. It seems close although the caps were not quite so “sharply conic” as in the description. This 1963 text states that it is known from Texas.

MO shows no observations of the species within 1000 miles.

I searched Mycoportal and found several observations in the Gulf State plains area – Big thicket – of the species by DP Lewis. Mycoportal also shows one observation of the species by Thiers in 1959 just north of Houston, about as far west as this sighting but closer to the gulf.

I made this observation in 2013 soon after I started looking at mushrooms, so I have no spore print or specimens. I hope to get back over there is fall will certainly check out the location.

Thanks for the ID.

Created: 2015-08-13 14:28:56 EDT (-0400)
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