When: 2008-02-02

Collection location: Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

Beautiful, delicate and slimy on both cap and stipe. Strongly decurrent gills.
A new waxy cap for me!


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Looks right -
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-02-05 14:44:32 CST (+0800)

Looking at Largent’s monograph, that looks about right. He goes on to state this is “common” in coastal redwood areas. I wonder what “common” means to him.

But from the color, size, and stature this looks like. He goes on to say that in Bon’s ’76 monograph there were 5 forms of this, These are H. laeta f. laeta. The other forms are smaller, and either greenish, or more omphalinoid with a depressed center.

He also mentions H. sciophanus which is collyboid, with larger spores and lacks cystidia. With the decurrent gills here, I would think he would agree with the id (maybe)…

from Arora…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-02-05 12:31:59 CST (+0800)

Unusual waxy on the ground, a unfamiliar color that caught my eye. No green anywhere on fruit body, even when young. Highly viscid cap AND stipe, decurrent gills.
Maybe Largent would call it something else, but Hygrocybe laeta is what it comes out to in Arora. It’s an alternate under psittacina; apparently not uncommon, but not spectacular, either, so maybe overlooked.

Any notes?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-02-05 07:50:35 CST (+0800)

Since this is the only obs of this species here, any notes on how you got this id?