Observation 91898: Hygrocybe laetissima (A.H. Sm. & Hesler) Singer

Large specimens under Redwood behind the Engineering 2 Building

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Large Red Waxycaps
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-04-06 17:20:13 CEST (+0200)

It’s not just you – they can be difficult, especially faded specimens.

Everything below is intended to refer to CA specimens

H. punicea group members have more red in the cap and more fibrous stipes than H. aurantiosplendens, which tend to have more orange in the cap and waxy-smooth stipes.
H. coccinea has a waxy-smooth, more evenly red stipe and more persistently scarlet colors in the cap.

There are at least two forms of H. punicea group that are common.
The bright yellow-stiped southern/Bay Area version:
observation 64214
observation 33872
and the more oxblood-colored northern version:
observation 85349
observation 84760
observation 64405

Of course, you’ll notice the pair in Kira’s photo where one stipe is bright yellow and the other is dark red, and which have totally different gill colors… So there is plenty of intergradation, if that’s even an appropriate term.

Noah has spent quite a bit of time with this group, he should be able to weigh in more.

OK Christian, enlighten me…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-04-06 16:55:05 CEST (+0200)

frankly some of these waxy caps are a conundrum. I know that we are calling the large red form punicea, but exactly what characters distinguish it from potential other reddish, medium sized local wax cap species?

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