These were quite small and viscid, the largest being about 3.4 cm across.
Unfortunately, the one I saved degraded before I could do any microscopy on it.
They do seem to have some interesting colors so perhaps someone has seen it before and can put a name on it.
They were growing on the ground by the side of a trail with small pines nearby and perhaps some manzanita.


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By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2010-11-18 01:08:23 PST (-0800)

This is close to the classic H. hypothejus. The viscid cap and stipe is part of a glutenous universal veil, and there should be a veil ring high up on the stipe when very young.

The kinda that you find in Jackson Forest seems to be much more variable than what you see from photos of this species for other places in the world. Look at my other photos from there, is some places they start out very bright red, and fade to brown. Other cases start yellow-tan, and develop bright orange colors. With the gill color in a range from white to yellow to bright orange. Not sure if any of this makes it a different species, but it is rather annoying, if you put much stock in colors when defining species.

I believe in Europe (I think I have one photo from here), the color range is more just yellow to tan to brown.

(Oy, 3.4cm in diameter is quite small? Whoo I need to recalibrate, for me that would be quite large…)

Thanks Noah, that does seem
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2010-11-17 22:22:46 PST (-0800)

like a good ID. MD did mention reddish-orange colors developing but normally near the margin.