When: 2008-11-18

Collection location: Jedediah Smith State Park, Del Norte Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

The caps that appeared virgate with darker streaks seem to narrow down the choices to this species. The spores also were in the right size and shape.


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Used references: North American Species of Hygrophorus,L. Hesler & A. Smith
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Compared with the needles
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-11-30 01:24:50 CST (+0800)

and thought they were MUCH bigger.. that rules out both agathosmus and camarophyllus, remains Hygrophorus pustulatus!

Some problems with H. agathosmus
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2008-11-29 06:11:14 CST (+0800)
I did have some problems with H. agathomsus. The caps was darker and varigated. I’ve added a somewhat underexposed photo which shows more clearly the darker streaking and cap color which was truer to the fresh material. Also, the caps were smaller in stature, up to only 3.9 cm broad. The other problem was the spore size..these seemed rounder.. in the range of 5 X 7.5 microns whereas H. agathosmus are more like 5 X 8-10.5. However, I placed more weight on the former properties as I measure spores rather generally.
Seem reasonable…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-11-29 05:04:35 CST (+0800)

The id of H. agathosmus seems reasonable also, did these have the almond odor?

Ooohh… another one…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-11-29 03:05:18 CST (+0800)

If you think this one is correct, we should look at this one a little more, and get the sample into a herbarium here. I think there is some confusion about H. camarophyllus and H. marzuolus here in the west and there should more carefully collected material to look at. I’ve got some stuff from the spring up in the Sierras, but I’ve never seen material of H. camarophyllus-like stuff from the coast, and it would be good to compare.