Observation 10449: Hygrocybe (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2008-07-10

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Closest match in the Audubon field guide is M. strobilinoides, FWIW, but there are some other small red Mycenas and small red hygrophori that are also close matches.

These little red-to-yellow-capped guys with yellow stem and gills have been popping up all summer, from June into at least mid-August, here in Eastern Ontario in damp spots in deciduous and mixed woods. Sometimes there’s just one or two; other times, like this, a clump; yet other times, scattered and numerous in a mossy or damp area. It’s possible I’m seeing a few different but similar-looking species. All are small, thumb-width or less in nearly every case and never much larger.

Despite their small size, they’re quite showy because of the bright colors.

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Used references: Audubon guide
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Small, orange-red, on soil, perhaps yellow gills.

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Other observations forthcoming
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-06 04:32:07 CEST (+0200)

I’ve made many separate observations of this or a similar species. One other has been entered already — 10450. Have you any basis for suspecting Hygrocybe over Mycena?

Close-ups of the gills are problematic with this camera. Zooming small, nearby objects tends to produce blurry images. Understandable since a smaller amount of jittering of the camera will produce a relatively large shift of the image, and the camera’s image stabilization can only cope with so much. I’d probably need special gear, at minimum a small tripod, to do much better than this shot with small mushrooms.

Need better photos -
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-09-06 04:26:40 CEST (+0200)

Can’t tell much from this photo, need better photos of cap and gills. Although that won’t help much, there are a number of small orange-red Hygrocybes…

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