Observation 303398: Hygrophorus Fr.

Notes:
Habitat: Growing in deep leaf litter on the side of a ridge (under hardwoods in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US.

Fertile surface: white, shortly decurrent,

Stipe: white to cream, long, (slender and curving in some specimens), white flocculence on upper portion. Slimy.

Pileus: depressed in shape, white overall with central darkening (to cinnamon shade) . Covered in thick, clear, “goopy” slime.

Odor: Indistinct to pleasant (slight flowery notes)

Spore print: white

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28% (1)
Used references: C du Q and Waxcap Mushrooms of E NA

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Thank you for the info!
By: Lisa Kimmerling (L_Kimmerling)
2017-12-20 06:48:57 PST (-0800)

Interesting! I am only growing more curious about these mushrooms!

WM of E NA…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2017-12-19 05:08:01 PST (-0800)

calls H. fragrans “H. pudorinus var. fragrans” but Index Fungorum provides species status to fragrans… except… what WM of E NA calls “H. pudorinus var. fragrans f. pallidus” appears to be called “H. pudorinus” by IF. But wait… there’s more. Mushroom Expert says that H. poetarum is a similar springtime hardwood associate that may have been traditionally misidentified as H. pudorinus http://www.speciesfungorum.org/Names/names.asp?pg=2 . There are many examples of species with split spring/fall fruiting. H. poetarum has significantly smaller spores than the H. pudorinus types.

Thank you, Dave!
By: Lisa Kimmerling (L_Kimmerling)
2017-12-19 01:31:35 PST (-0800)

There are some conifers (cedars and pine) nearby, but (as you can tell from the leaves in the photos), there were mostly hardwoods.

Looking through…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2017-12-18 20:17:41 PST (-0800)

the E NA waxcap book, H. pudorinus is the only species (that looks similar to this) said to have the type of ornamentation seen on the stipe in this observation. Pudorinus is reported as a conifer associate; most of the late-season sticky/viscid/slimy Hygrophorus species are conifer associates.