Collection location: South Lake Tahoe, California, USA [Click for map]
Ok, this one… got into a bit of discussion on this one. In the past these had been id’ed as hypothejus, and maybe they are. But there is a lot of overlap between hypothejus and d. v. californicus in the Agaricales of CA., a lot. In the end the discription of d. v. c. matched these just fine, while for hypothejus these fall into the sometimes looking catagory.
Mostly I am going to call them d. v. ca. as a kinda challenge to Hygrophorus experts out there. If the descriptions in the guides are so close, and really there were very few details that one had the other didn’t (I think only lactifers present or absent…), then how are these two species determined? In the original notes on d. v. ca. it states that the material has only been seen in northern Sierras above 5000 ft., and in Jackson St. forest in Mendocino Co. Which is where I have seen these, so I’m going for it for now, until an expert can point out the difference.