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Brilliant fire red fungi growing on wood in eucalypte forest. Single mature specimen with two small growths nearby. Specimen saved.



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By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-06-18 15:24:07 PDT (-0700)

it’s just another word for saved specimen as there are many others.
I’ll be looking at your other stuff whenever I do some microscopy but it could be a long time. Right now we have a brutal heat wave over here so I am trapped in my room ;)
I have so many obligations it’s distressing.
Concerning the Strobilomyces in your same box with Hygrocybe: do you have sent it to Roy as well? In all my literature there is only one Strobilomyces that should be indigenous to Asia and Australia: Strobilomyces fasciculatus. Couldn’t your mushroom just be an introduced strobilaceus? How was the whereabouts of your find?


Many thanks for your comments. OZ is revealing new and unusual flora/Forna and in our case Fungi/Mushrooms every day. Thanks once again for your valuable input and help to a real amateur. Still doing some associated heavy reading on the multitude of knowledge needed in the Microscopic world using a scope.
Also learned another new word “exsiccatum”. Ta, will remember for the future.

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-06-18 14:49:55 PDT (-0700)

just looked at your exsiccatum.
I have to state it is not Hygrocybe firma. But it does belong to subgenus Pseudohygrocybe indeed. It has no macrospores longer than 12 micrometers which firma should have besides microspores shorter than 12.
I am unable to come to a decision about ID. I would need a good macroscopical description (including odor and taste, type of cap surface a.s.o. as well as habitat). I have not much experience staying just once in Australia and finding myself many Hygrocybe which (even if I collected them myself) are left unidentified at my fungarium. If the stipe was yellowish at the base one vague option would be H. franklinensis but that’s just a guess of many. Sorry. I’ll keep the specimen. Maybe someone will look at it.