mykoweb has the collection in his personal herbarium.

I saw only this one fruit body of this variety at Armstrong Woods. The regular Hygrocybe psittacina var. psittacina was in fair abundance in the area. This individual was found near a coast redwood on a stream bank. The area was dominated by coast redwoods, but there were also some Douglas firs and tanoaks in the area.


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58% (2)
Used references: Macroscopically matches the description in Hesler & Smith’s North American Species of Hygrophorus. Also matches the description in Largent’s section on the Hygrophoraceae in Agaricales of California. Note that in both cases it is listed as Hygrophorous psittacinus var. californicus.
86% (1)
Recognized by sight: Nomenclatural correction based on Jean Lodge’s talk at 2013 NAMA foray.

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Beautiful shroom!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-01-22 12:40:09 PST (-0800)

This photo makes me happy!

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-01-21 08:25:19 PST (-0800)

I’ve wanted to see a modern photograph of this variety for awhile. Thanks Nathan!

By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2009-01-21 06:25:20 PST (-0800)

For those of us who don’t have access to the cited sources, could you describe the macroscopic features that make this different from the more common H. psittacina?