When: 2011-09-14

Collection location: Wayne National Forest, Athens Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

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By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-09-16 13:01:28 PDT (-0700)

find indeed… I am no expert with Hygrocybe and or Mid west fungi but this looks “most like” some form of H. conica out of all other Hygrocybe in question. Too slender of a stalk and small to be H. punicea or H. coccinea. Either way, a beautiful pic!

Beautiful slimy Hygrocybe
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-09-16 09:55:37 PDT (-0700)

Hey Drew

This was definitely a striking Hygrocybe. I found it growing from the root end of a a very old fallen log on a ridgetop under mixed hardwoods. I don’t recall ever seeing a hygrocybe growing directly from wood. The roots of this log were still partially buried though, and the mushroom was growing towards the bottom, so maybe the mycelium was down in the dirt.

As you noted, the mushroom does not apear to be blackening very much, and it is very slimy. Both the cap and stem lack the fibrils usully found on Ohio H. conica. The cap appears to be bright yellow underneath a thick layer of red slime.

Looks alot-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-09-15 20:12:56 PDT (-0700)

like H. conica that I find in late winter here in Olympia,WA under Western red cedar-except yours doesn’t look like it has any black staining or bruising.
I have also found Hygrocybe psittacina that turns from brilliant dark green to a faded yellowish,red-orange color(somewhat like this one) as it matures. White gills, slimy reddish cap and viscous yellow stem in addition to a very conate cap are all indicative of some Hygrocybe.

Cool find! 1st image looks like a miniature glowing elfen lamp :)