Species: Hygrocybe aff. firma - (Large Red)Go Back
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Description:
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I have only come across this species once in 2009 and is very similar to the one above. Although a little larger. The surprise is the presence of pheropedunculate shaped pleurocystidia. Oddly I can find no reference to any Hygrocybe having pleurocystidia.

Up Date. On a return visit the following year these were collected again at the same spot and the pleurocystidia were not found!
Common name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp broad-leaved forest
Substrate: On forest floor.
Spore: White
Height: 70 mm
Width: 20 - 40 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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 Scale = 10.6 mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firmaScale bar 
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  Scale = 7.5 mm.
Hygrocybe aff. firmaScale bar 
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  Scale = 7.5 mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firmaScale bar 
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 Scale = 11.5 mm.
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Micro images:
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Hygrocybe aff. firma 
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Basida:Magnification = 1000x
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Hygrocybe aff. firma 
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Spores:Magnification = 1000x
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Hygrocybe aff. firma 
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Pleurocystidia: Spheropedunculate shaped Magnification = 1000x
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