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by Michael Kuo
This yellow to orange waxy cap has a convex to flat cap and a thinly sticky (but not thickly slimy) stem. The similar Hygrocybe persistens has a more pointed cap and larger spores. Hygrocybe chlorophana is probably the same species, especially as it is defined by Boertmann (2000), who describes its stem as varying from dry to slimy. If Boertmann is correct, Hygrocybe chlorophana would be the preferred name since it was coined more than 100 years earlier.
Ecology: Saprobic under hardwoods or conifers; frequently under Redwood on the West Coast; growing scattered or gregariously; spring through fall, or in winter in warmer climates; widely distributed in North America.
Cap: 2-8 cm; broadly convex, expanding to more or less flat; slimy when fresh; fragile; easily splitting; smooth; orange to orangish yellow.
Gills: Attached to the stem; close or almost distant; yellow.
Stem: 4-8 cm long; up to 2 cm thick; equal or slightly tapering to base; dry or greasy, especially on handling, but not slimy; smooth or very finely hairy; becoming hollow; light yellow to light orange; fragile and easily splitting.
Flesh: Thin; yellowish.
Odor and Taste: Not distinctive.
Spore Print: White.
Microscopic Features: Spores 7-9 x 4-5 µ; smooth; elliptical. Cystidia absent. Gill tissue parallel. Pileipellis an ixotrichoderm.
REFERENCES: (Kauffman, 1906) Singer, 1951. (Hesler and Smith, 1963; Bird & Grund, 1979; Largent, 1985; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Barron, 1999; Boertmann, 2000; Roody, 2003; McNeil, 2006; MIller & Miller, 2006.) Herb. Kuo 01130512.
Hygrophorus flavescens is a synonym.
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Kuo, M. (2007, January). Hygrocybe flavescens. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hygrocybe_flavescens.html