When: 2009-03-22

Collection location: Canyon, Contra Costa Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

under redwood. Richard Sullivan was kind enough to take me to his spot in Canyon, and the mushrooms were kind enough to show up! It was everything I’d hoped for…lotsa cap and stem slime, and brilliant yellow gills.


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Gliophorus not really used in the US
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-03-23 13:14:28 CDT (-0400)

The short story is if this species were found in New Zealand it would probably have been called Gliophorus, but in the US or Europe it would generally be called a Hygrocybe.

I remember first encountering the genus in books from either Australia or New Zealand, but can remember encountering it in any US literature. Interestingly Index/Species Fungorum lists the type for the genus as Gliophorus psittacinus (Schaeff.) Herink (1958), but considers Hygrocybe psittacina var. psittacina (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. 1871 the ‘current name’ for this taxon. However, it also lists several species such as Gliophorus chromolimoneus (G. Stev.) E. Horak as ‘current’. I don’t know the detailed arguments here. I expect everyone is effectively holding there breath pending a more complete molecular picture and someone brave enough to apply the implications to the nomenclature.

The latest I’ve seen (which is a while ago) on molecular data for Hygrophoraceae was not pretty with many of the small colorful species ending up quite far from one another. If anyone has more detail or references, please share.

gliophorus was a new one on me…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-23 10:19:18 CDT (-0400)

but I did search images and you sure have some beauties in NZ. I see where you might think that this mushroom would fit right into that genus…and is it true that psittacina is also proposed for addition to gliophorus? does hygrocybe or gliophorus currently take precedence? i do have the fruit body on this one, so can do the microscopy…

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By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-03-23 03:29:12 CDT (-0400)

With a glutinous cap and stipe I would have placed this in Gliophorus genus is this genus not recognised in US?

Nice specimen I don’t think we have anything as intense yellow here