Observation 308748: Hygrocybe (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2015-08-09

Collection location: Grandfather Mountain State Park, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Cindy Trubovitz (Trubo)

No specimen available

Couldn’t get far identifying it from the picture.


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Thanks Steve
By: Cindy Trubovitz (Trubo)
2018-02-16 01:15:05 CST (-0500)

I really appreciate your knowledgeable comments. Yes, I can see that further pictures and data of the mushrooms were needed to get a more likely I.D. to species.

Cindy; re: H. marchii
By: Steve (Lokness)
2018-02-14 11:36:12 CST (-0500)

Cindy; If you are thinking H. marchii – you might want to review H. reidii. Boertmann doesn’t think H. marchii deserves species status and puts these in H. reidii. ……….The especially well learned men in California do list a H. marchii but there is going to be a bunch of new species (based on DNA) on the west coast. The likelihood that you have the same species in NC I believe is very remote. Check out the range of H. marchii – then check out the range of H. coccinea.

I still think you are showing a H. coccinea but without a look at the gills and some measurements its hard to be sure.

The cap coloration
By: Cindy Trubovitz (Trubo)
2018-02-14 02:56:23 CST (-0500)

with yellowing margin and small size are making me consider H. marchii. Then according to Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, H. miniata has slightly depressed center and minutely scruffy cap which both can also be observed on photo, so I think that is a viable option too.

By: Steve (Lokness)
2018-02-13 21:31:42 CST (-0500)

How about H. coccinea? See cover slip for Waxcap Mushrooms of eastern North America

The cap shape
By: Cindy Trubovitz (Trubo)
2018-02-13 14:59:27 CST (-0500)
looks unusual to me for Hygrocybe but nothing else comes to mind with that bright color.