Species: Hygrocybe aff. firma - (orange)Go Back
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Description:
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This species starts off been bright orange as it matures it fades to yellow although the gills still retain some of the orange colour. This is the most common form found in Auckland of which I have seen to recure in the same location for over 20 years resently I noticed this species also has a very long fruiting life (4 weeks?).
Common name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp broad-leaved forest
Substrate: On forest floor.
Spore: White
Height: 70 mm
Width: 25 mm
Season: Winter
Edible: No
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Macro images:
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Hygrocybe aff. firmaScale bar
Only one species of fungi with dimorphous spores and basida is described in New Zealand this been H. firma (Dimorphous means of two different sizes). Yet this seems to be a species complex with a number of different but similar species having been found that have dimorphous spores and basida. Care needs to be shown when looking at these as failing to see dimorphous spores means you can up end up with the wrong species. In the popular press you often see
H.rubrocarnosa been called H. firma.
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In the field these can be told apart from other yellow waxgills by the orange colouring seen in the gills. Scale = 11mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firmaScale bar  
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 Scale = 11 mm.
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 Scale = 15 mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma  
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  Scale = 8 mm.
Hygrocybe aff. firma  
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  Scale = 8 mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma  
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An immature fruiting body showing how orange these are to start with. Scale = 6.5 mm.
Hygrocybe aff. firma  
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Another showing how orange these are when young Scale = 6.5 mm.
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Micro images:
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Spores: Image shows the two different spore sizes of H. firmaMagnification = 1000x
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