Observation 32088: Hygrophorus eburneus (Bull.) Fr.
When: 2010-01-16
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found growing under an oak tree, cap and stem were covered with a thick layer of slime. Mushroom was about 3" tall and had no distinctive smell.

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By: Natalie McNear
2010-01-17 11:17:48 PST (-0800)

I just went and found the mushroom again to smell it, and I was still unable to detect anything. I don’t have the best sense of smell, but this observation matches the text in my Miller guide – “Odor not distinctive”. The other Hygrophorus species that book lists are also mentioned as being odorless.

The smell
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-01-17 05:23:15 PST (-0800)

isn’t always distinctive, and maybe not sensed by everybody. I find it often rather subtle.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-01-17 03:15:10 PST (-0800)

She mentions no distinctive smell, the book I’m looking at mentions a distinctive odor of sage!

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-01-17 03:11:58 PST (-0800)

Yes, this looks like the one you call Hygrophorus eburneus. I don’t know which one you actually have in California.
In Europe, we are now regarding Hygrophorus eburneus as a species growing with beech, the similar Hygrophorus cossus with oak. They can also be told apart by a KOH reaction on the stem base (brownish orange on eburneus, none on cossus).

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-01-17 03:11:45 PST (-0800)

Here is a nice observation of that species from CureCat showing the slime!

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