Observation 19398: Hygrocybe coccinea (Schaeff.) P. Kumm.

When: 2009-03-15

Collection location: Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

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Looks too small
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-03-16 12:20:30 CDT (-0400)

This one looks too small for what we are calling H. punicea in CA. There are a number of red to orange little guys out there. Take a look at the comments for H. miniata and H. minutulus in the Hygrophorous of CA monograph for quite a few suggestions. These don’t really look like H. miniata, to be that they have to have a hygrophanous cap, which dev. yellow to light orange scales when dry.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-03-16 03:01:28 CDT (-0400)

Yeah you are right, I wish I had a better name for this.

I disagree
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-03-15 06:00:15 CDT (-0400)

as usual.. Your “punicea” doesn’t seem to have much in common with the original species. Compare with obs 19399.

It reminds more of Hygrocybe coccinea, which is smaller, with brighter colours and a smooth stem. It also appears in some varieties with different shape, colours and size – but I’m not sure if this is coccinea either.
There are a few more odd Hygrocybe species named punicea here at MO.

Unfortunately, googling for pictures of Hygrocybe punicea, results in a heap of american “punicea”, which helps spreading wrong ideas of what Hygrocybe punicea could look like…

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