When: 2012-02-18

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

same as 87991, but two days later.



Proposed Names

62% (2)
Recognized by sight: note color changes with age.
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Hygrocybe laeta was changed to Gliophorus laetus by Lodge et. al. 2013

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Different colours
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-02-22 22:10:08 CET (+0100)

may not always mean different species. We have some different colour forms in Europe too, but I checked available sequences and made a small tree (without knowing what they look like). Added some psittacina as outgroup – which seems to contain hidden species as well..
Couldn’t find any californian laeta, but at least it looks like two different lineages, one european and one from PNW.
This is not at all enough material for a complete picture, but I thought I’d show it anyway:

cryptic species in California?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-02-22 17:30:35 CET (+0100)

stop me if I’m wrong, but our CA “laeta” sure looks different than forms that I see from the East Coast and Europe. It does match the description for “Hygrophorus laetus” (now Hygrocybe laeta) in Agaricales of CA, but of course, that description was taken from CA material.

Any DNA run on H. laeta from both coasts (or West Coast vs Europe) for comparison?