[PNW Key Council Foray]

Scattered in a corner by the trail just before the suspension bridge over Ohanapecosh River, an area totally covered by our endemic devil’s club (Oplopanax horridus), thus no in situ photos.

Revisited the place next day with Danny Miller, who wrote the following:

Douglas Fir, Hemlock, W Red Cedar, occasional Alder
Hygrophorus sp. Not quite H. goetzii, H. vernalis and H. discoideus but kind of in between all three. Spores 12u, bits of snow were nearby.

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The little ones are yellow. (Close-up of the previous photo.)
Patriarchs behind.

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thanks for sharing the deeper delimiting details here, Noah.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-23 12:16:17 CDT (-0400)

that’s exactly what I like to see!
But where is Drew’s photo? In another public forum somewhere? There really aren’t a lot of photos of this out and about.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2017-06-23 11:52:53 CDT (-0400)

It’s a rare species; with scattered sites in WA (Olympics, Drew Parker’s), and a disjunct collection from Mount Shasta (although I have some reservations about the identification of that collection). It’s one of two snowbank Hygrophorus associating with (mountain) hemlock.

The other one, Hygrophorus goetzii has a brighter pink cap when young (not the yellow, fawn to vinaceous tones that vernalis has). It also has wider spaced gills, and the stipe is not viscid unless it has cap slime in it.
It appears to have a cream-colored form, (macro and micro match, and I have found them growing together with the pink ones); this may be what Cooke collected at Shasta, and Smith called vernalis. I have not found it at Shasta, despite repeated attempts looking for it.

Hygrophorus discoideus (sensu western NA) is a late fall/winter fruiting species associated with Sitka Spruce (and probably Engelmann Spruce). It needs a new name. See Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, p.278.

H. pudorinus var. fragrans (better called H. fragrans) is a stockier species, with a brighter salmon pink cap, and a distinctly punctate stipe apex (which turn bright orange with KOH). H. pudorinus var. fragrans forma pallidus is very similar, but cream colored. I see it occasionally in the CA mountains under fir.

so obvious in retrospect, eh? :)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-23 11:06:15 CDT (-0400)

nice description of this unusual sp. in Handbook to Strategy 1 Fungal Species in the Northwest Fungal Plan, USDA, pg. 61.

Nails the odd colors very nicely, right down to that yellow! Redhead’s photo of it (not many others out there, apparently) and Smith’s black and white depiction are about the only other photos of this out there!

Nice documentation, Sava, as always.

Noah, thanks for the id!
By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2017-06-23 01:30:39 CDT (-0400)
can’t wait to hear your results, Sava.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-12 10:25:13 CDT (-0400)

I am sure that you collaborated with the many, many fine IDers at Key Council, and if you all hit a wall, it surely is something unique.

What, you didn’t want to kneel in the Devil’s Club??! :)

By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2017-06-12 01:18:55 CDT (-0400)

This collection and a few others from the foray have been selected for sequencing.

I forgot to mention that the odor of this Hygrophorus was indistinctive, and that (as can be seen from the photos) caps and stems were viscid.

Would be nice to sequence this.
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-06-11 12:22:06 CDT (-0400)

Not saying this is H. pudorinus var. fragrans but morpho characters seem to be a good match: pinkish to pinkish salmon cap, whitish to pinkish gills, dry whitish stem with punctate top (Matchmaker); cap that is pinkish-salmon to pinkish-buff at the disc, paler at the margin (Mykoweb); and See also which may give an explanation for the yellow caps in the button stage.

those young ones are really curious!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-11 11:00:32 CDT (-0400)

do they have UVs like chrysenteron? I am not saying this is chrysenteron, but that yellow almost looks like a coating. the mature hygroph is a quite different mushroom. no wonder you were puzzled!

how was the hunting this year?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-11 10:57:37 CDT (-0400)

nice shot of you and Danny and the big trees. glad to see a few still remain in our ever diminished world.

Interesting Hygroph. It certainly doesn’t have the coloration of pudorinus. Is Key Council dedicating any funds to DNA? this one looks like a good candidate, esp. if all of those fine taxo minds couldn’t come up with a reasonable ID.

Reminds me of H. pudorinus
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-06-11 10:47:34 CDT (-0400)

but its spores are up to 10 microns. Did you notice if there were white scaber-like tufts on the upper part of the stipe?

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