Observation 85028: Hygrocybe pratensis (Pers.) Bon

When: 2011-12-21

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

Specimen available

These had caps that were up to 3.3 cm across and 2.5 cm high.
The gills were short, thick and distant.
White spores ~ 6.0-6.9 X 4.1-4.7 microns, smooth and close to pip-shaped.
I guess they could be young Hygrocybe pratensis as the spore dimensions certainly fall within the range for that species. However, the spores for H. pratensis are described as “ellipsoid, subovoid, or subglobose”. That covers a lot of territory, but these don’t seem to me to quite fit in those categories(although they are ellipsoid by average Q value = 1.5).
The gills also seem too distant.
Then again, why fight it…Hygrocybe pratensis it must be.

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