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When: 2012-06-16

Collection location: Tara Ridge, Booyong, New South Wales, Australia [Click for map]

Who: Steve Axford (steveaxford)

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I have only seen green specimens before, and they have mostly been in Tasmania or New Zealand. I didn’t realise that they could vary in colour so much and grow so far north.


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By: Steve Axford (steveaxford)
2012-06-22 23:07:37 CDT (-0400)

Clive. I am reliably informed that one of the distinguishing features of graminicolor is that it dries to pink. Thus, to say that it is only green or white is clearly inaccurate. I will send a specimen to a mycologist friend for more certain id, but he thinks that it is graminicolor based on the general appearance, where it was found, the drying to pink, the depressed cap and the glutinous sticky edges. Perhaps you do not get this variety in NZ, but we certainly do in Oz. I just need to verify that this is one of those. I’ll bet it is graminicolor, but it wouldn’t be the first time I guessed wrong.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-06-22 11:47:02 CDT (-0400)

I have zero experience with the Fungi of OZ (someday that will change!), but even our locally common Hygrocybe (Gliophorus?) psittacina can change from green to pink and then back again to green, if first re-humidified (like an overnight stay inside of a closed tacklebox).

Here’s a nice example of some of the color range for the Parrot Mushroom, our best chameleon waxy, by Ron Pastorino:

By: Steve Axford (steveaxford)
2012-06-22 08:35:18 CDT (-0400)

All graminicolor dry to pink, Clive. I know most specimens are green when fresh, but this one isn’t. I’ll still call it graminicolor until I get one of my local experts disagree, which hasn’t happened this time.

Some green is not enough
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2012-06-22 05:23:04 CDT (-0400)

Sorry I guess I was not very informative with my first comment, G. graminicolor is green and only green fading to white at the cap edges with age. As you image shows pink its a good indication that its not G. graminicolor but some other species.

I have noticed that some species can have green colouring if not exposed to light as in when coved by leaf litter.

There is green
By: Steve Axford (steveaxford)
2012-06-20 21:23:59 CDT (-0400)

I think if you look closely there is green on some specimens. I have posted more photos which perhaps show the colour variation more clearly. It is an odd subspecies as the primary colour is pink with the older (and some younger) specimens, but some younger ones show a blue/green colour.

I see no green
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2012-06-16 15:23:40 CDT (-0400)

I dont think this is likely to be graminicolor more likely some other Gliophorus species.

Beautiful mushroom!
By: Bea Wharton (Riverdweller)
2012-06-16 11:17:48 CDT (-0400)

and great pictures!