When: 2008-03-21

Collection location: Camp Long, Seattle, King Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)

Specimen available

This is a very oldy pale “grove” of hygrocybi but it does match flavescens….

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Hygrocybe sp. sure, exactly what, who knows?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-03-23 08:07:13 NZDT (+1300)

This is an oddity. Hope you described and dried it! Send the image to David Largent, maybe he has an idea…not not not flavescens!!!

By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-03-23 07:17:59 NZDT (+1300)

Well I checked and did not find any viscid layer but the stipe was rather lubricous, a character which hesler and smith note… It is also worth mentioning that these were maybe a meter away from the other collection of flavescens I made that day which are unusually dark… all and all two very confusing collections

Not my concept of H. flavescens
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-03-22 17:41:52 NZDT (+1300)

However, given that you scoped it and checked against Hesler and Smith I have to give you a ‘Could Be’. However Largent says “Hygrophorus flavescens is characterized by the viscid, yellow to yellowish orange pileus, adnexed yellowish lamellae, moist but not viscid, yellowish to orangish stipe, and elliptical spores.” Did you get a chance to check microscopically if the stipe was viscid? It looks like it was pretty dry so you might not have been able to tell in the field.

Also worth comparing to Hygrocybe flavifolia. It has a yellow pileus and a pure white stipe. However, the gills are colored.

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-03-22 14:46:35 NZDT (+1300)

Oh, those are weird, I don’t think those are H. flavescens… not sure what they are.