When: 2008-08-01

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

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virgineus/borealis/niveus
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-03-14 09:20:32 PDT (-0700)

Are considered synonyms (as Hygrocybe)on page 55 of Waxcaps of Eastern North America.

I appreciate
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-03-09 09:19:45 PST (-0800)

that you want to set things straight, Herbert! I have seen this placement of Ampulloclitocybe before, splitting the Hygrocybe species – but maybe it was a premature decision to give it a new genus name then? Maybe it just should have been moved to Hygrocybe instead?

For some reason, neither IndexFungorum nor MycoBank use Camarophyllus as a current genus name. It could be nomenclatoric issues, or just that more work needs to be done to set the limits to that genus and sort out which species that actually belong there.
But I also beleive that it will be a name change in the future, and it doesn’t really matter what we call them right now.

And yes, Camarophyllus borealis is described from America. Perhaps that’s why there are american authors that consider nivalis and virginea to be synonyms of borealis :-)

Herbert
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-03-07 10:09:37 PST (-0800)

I don’t know where you got the description of Peck’s borealis from, but here’s his original description (from the “Twenty-sixth Report on the State Museum”):

“Pileus thin, convex or expanded, smooth, moist, white, sometimes striatulate;
lamellae arcuate-decurrent, distant, white;
stem smooth, equal or tapering downwards, stuffed, white.
Plant 2’ (5 cm) high, pileus 8”-12" (2-3 cm) broad, stem 1" (2,5 mm) thick.
Ground in woods. Croghan and Copake. September and October.
The species is related to H. niveus but the pileus is not viscid."

Have you got any links to recent DNA works that can tell us why Camarophyllus should have genus status – and which species it includes?

Peck’s borealis
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-03-07 09:20:53 PST (-0800)

True, I can’t see any evidence of DNA tests on a type collection of borealis. If there is one, it’s probably too old to retreive any sequence from it anyway. There’s a wide consensus about both niveus and borealis being synonyms to virgineus. But you are right Herbert, this/these white species (cap viscid, moist or dry..?) in the section Camarophyllus are in need of investigation, including the many colour variations of it/them.

And yes, Camarophyllus has been published, but many authors prefer to let it stay as a subgenus as it was from the beginning.

synonym
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-03-07 08:12:38 PST (-0800)

I believe Camarophyllus borealis is synonymous with C. virgineus and as we have discussed before it it still Hygrocybe at Index Fungorum.

The current name
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-03-07 08:00:43 PST (-0800)

is Hygrocybe virginea. Camarophyllus borealis is a synonym (I think the name of the genus is still pending).

I suspected these were not white chanterelles
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-08-02 11:15:02 PDT (-0700)

They did not smell like choice edibles. Hygrophorus seems promising, but the flesh is not at all waxy or slimy; it is dry and feels like a chanterelle. This is the only population of these I have ever run across. They came up in the same spot last year, but a little later in the season.