Species: Hygrocybe firma (Berkeley & Broome) SingerGo Back
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Description:
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This is the species that best fits the official description with a cap thats brilliant red in fresh specimens fading to yellow with faint orange tinge soon discolouring to pale yellow.
Common name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp broad-leaved forest
Substrate: Ground.
Spore: White
Height: 50 mm
Width: 20 mm
Season: Winter
Edible: No
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Macro images:
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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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 Scale = 3.6 mm.
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 Scale =3.9 mm.
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