Observation 47752: Hygrocybe (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2009-01-31

Collection location: Albion, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

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Ok, this isn’t much of an observation, but the recent New Zealand obs., and the recent discussions of the unknown Mycena Observation #4649, reminded me of this one.

This is a tiny bright colored little guy, brought in by James Edmonds at the last BAMS ACCF, at Albion, CA. It was only about 3-4mm in diameter, and about 1.5-2cm long. Didn’t know much what to do with it, bright, and slightly waxy maybe, so we kinda put a name of Hygrocybe sp. on it. I took a photo, as I try to do, and later just put a number on it, and popped it in the drier. But since it was soo small, also all by itself, just didn’t know what to do about it, and mostly forgot about it.

But looking over the New Zealand and other Tropical observations (Ecuador maybe?), I keep seeing something like this, as perhaps a bright red Mycena.

But not sure, in the end don’t know. Haven’t seem much else like this little guy in California before or since. But thought I would toss it up here, as another possible tropical California siting, and see what people thought (or not)…



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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-06-28 16:10:40 CDT (-0500)

This does not really strike me as Cruentomycena. Douglas, the observation you refer to looks a lot different to me, especially the decurrent gills.

I think it is just another annoying little red Hygrocybe.

ah, I don’t think so…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-06-28 12:23:05 CDT (-0500)

altho these teeny tiny hygrocybes do a pretty good imitation of mycenas, and have certainly faked me out in the field before, at least at first glance.

this tiny red fungus lacks the prominant cap striations of Cruentomycena, pictured very nicely here by MO poster “noodlesnacks”:


Here, this is one that I mean…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2010-06-28 12:06:16 CDT (-0500)

Here is the species that I mean, this one kinda looks like Cruentomycena viscidocruenta, here is a good photo in Obs. #45944, which also got a vote of Hygrocybe sp. Although this looks to be a New Zealand only species.

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