Name: Hygrocybe punicea
Author: (Fr.) P. Kumm.
Citation: Der Führer in die Pilzkunde: 112 (1871) [MB#356817]
Misspellings: Hygrocybe puniceus
Cap: 3-14 cm wide, conic, becoming broadly conic to nearly plane, often with a conspicuous umbo; margin incurved at first, becoming decurved to uplifted, sometimes splitting; surface glabrous, viscid to lubricous, deep blood red to dark red overall at first, fading to dull orange and finally yellowish to buff, flesh thin, fragile, waxy, pale reddish orange to pale yellow, often white near the center, odor and taste mild.
Gills: Narrowly attached to the stem; distant or nearly so; thick and waxy, buff to reddish or orangish, often with yellowish edges. Subdistant.
Stipe: 3-15 cm long; up to 1.5 cm thick; equal or slightly tapering at either end; dry; stringy; usually soon splitting and becoming finely hairy; a mixture of orange, yellow, and/or red; usually paler than the cap, often with a whitish base.