When: 2006-12-30

Collection location: Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

No specimen available

These were found in an area of douglas fir and madrone and some oak. The stipe is not viscid. Gills pale yellow. No black, gray or green staining.


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By: Administrator (admin)
2007-01-09 10:16:24 CST (-0500)
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-01-09 01:27:17 CST (-0500)

Hee… hee… this is some splitting. Lumpers put these together, well, there are lumpers and there are lumpers… I’ve been accused of being a splitter separating acutoconica and flavescens. Now I can split autoconica again? I need to look at Largent’s Hygrophorus again, there is like what, 230 species in there?

But when I look at this one, it looks pretty orange to me, not really red. And I’ve seen mixed populations of mostly reddish orange, half orange and yellow, and mostly yellow with reddish orange tip. Then again there is H. punicea, which can be slightly umbonate, red capped, and yellow stiped (is that a word?). Which is another one to split, that kinda overlaps in macro-features…

Hygrocybe persistens
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-01-08 21:44:06 CST (-0500)

The lumpers, such as Swiss III or the excellent book by David Boertmann, The Genus Hygrocybe, put them together and the name becomes Hygrocybe persistens. The splitters, such as Largent in Agaricales of California Volume 5: Hygrohporaceae keep them separate and if the pileus is all yellow or orangish when young then it is H. acutoconica. If it has red in the cap when young then it becomes Hygrocybe persistens. In my keys I have it listed as Hygrocybe persistens.

Why persistens?
By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2007-01-08 20:44:59 CST (-0500)

I was wondering the same thing as Doug, and also, if not autoconica, what would make it persistens?

Not acutoconica?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-01-08 19:50:52 CST (-0500)

Isn’t this acutoconica from Arora? Or is that an old name, and there is a new one?

Hygrocybe persistens
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-01-07 23:55:38 CST (-0500)

Looks like it might be Hygrocybe persistens.