Public Description of Hygrophorus piceae Kühner

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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hygrophoraceae

General Description:

Pileus: 1-5 cm wide, convex, becoming plane, margin incurved to near maturity, viscid, glabrous to appressed fibrillose, white or at times cream colored over the disc, flesh white, soft, thick at the center, thin at the margin, odor and taste mild.

Gills: adnate to subdecurrent, subdistant, thin, some forking near the margin, snow white to cream colored, becoming pinkish buff; edges entire.

Stipe: 3-6 cm long, 8-12 mm thick equal, solid, becoming hollow, apex furfuraceous to fibrillose, glabrous below, dry or slightly tacky, no veil white.

Diagnostic Description:

Hygrocybe virginea (Camarophyllus) which lacks the furfuraceous apex of the stalk


Maine to Michigan, California, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest.


Under spruce in northern forests

Look Alikes:

Hygrocybe virginea




North American species of Hygrophorus / L.R. Hesler [and] Alexander H. Smith


Hygrophorus piceae Kühner, Bull. mens. Soc. linn. Lyon 18: 179 (1949

Description author: walt sturgeon (Request Authorship Credit)