Collected by : S. Davis
Collection date : 11/09/1910
Country (state) :
Status : Type
PILEUS 2-6 cm. broad, convex-campaiiulate. then expandedplane to subdepressed, subturbinate, hygrophanous, glabrous, srnoky-ciolaceous or smoky-lilac when fresh and moist, fading to pale gray, with a thin gelatinous pellicle, subviscid when moist, soon dry and shining, even. FLESH white, rather thin.GILLS arcuateadnate to decurrent, distant, not broad, intervenose, colored like the pileus when, moist, at length whitish or grayish-white, trama of interwoven hyphae. STEM 3-6 cm. long, 28 mm. thick, slender or stout, equal or narrowed downwards, slightly fibrillose or glabrous, apex naked, at first stufied by a large soft pith which disappears. at length hollow and easily splitting, white or pale silvery-gray. SPORES ovate-su-bglohose. smooth, 5-6.5×4-5 micr. BASIDIA short, 30×6~7 mi’cr. ODOR none. TASTE mild.
Gregarious or solitary. 0n moist ground in low woods or swamps. Ann Arbor, Marquette, Negaunee, New Richmond. Rather rare. – —
A beautiful Hygrophorus when fresh and moist, but very variable in the degree of color and viscidity. The deep color and the viscidity of the pileus disappear quickly on exposure to the wind, causing it to appear like quite a different plant. The gelatinous cuticle can, however, be demonstrated in all conditions by means of the microscope. Examples of our specimens were seen by Simon Davis, who collected the type specimens which were named by Peck. Hygrophorus subviolaceous Pk. is very close to it, according to the description, differing only in its solid stem; Peck has, however, rel’erred it to the subgenus Limacium. I suspect that Hygrophorus caerulescens B. S: C. is the same plant.