Mushroom Challenge

Commenters guessed: Scarlet Waxy Cap, Hygrocoybe coccinea

On a BRDC “Explorer’s Club” outing today, an explorer found a mushroom patch in the forest. It was growing directly under an eastern red cedar, Virginia pine, and southern red oak tree (the trees overlap one another in the lower, middle and upper canopies). It was at a dry forested location at 410 ‘ elevation, and on a NW facing gentle slope with well drained acid soils. The mushrooms varied from 1 inch – 2inches tall, with a 1 inch cap.
The mushroom has not been identified yet.

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Commenters guess: Scarlet Waxy Cap, Hygrocoybe coccinea

8 thoughts on “Mushroom Challenge

  1. jford@radford.edu says:

    It looks like Hygrocybe coccinea – Scarlet Hood – to me. It's the right size (2-5 cm across; 4 cm tall), right habitat (under conifers) and the right color. It should have a white spore print if this is what it is.

    John Ford
    Blacksburg

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. "Scarlet waxy cap" is given the botanical name Hygrophorus coccineus in my book, but it looks like the right mushroom, definitely. It's a 20 year old book.
    Rosemary

  3. Devin says:

    Rogersmushrooms.com lists "Hygrophorus coccineus" as a synonym of "Hygrocoybe coccinea".
    The history of naming this mushroom looks like this (according to wikipedia):
    1) Agaricus coccineus, 1774
    2) Hygrophorus coccineus, 1838
    3) Hygrocoybe coccinea, 1871

    Coccinea is Latin for "scarlet". With a quick web search, you'll notice that the words coccinea and coccineus are used to describe living organisms that are red in hue.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think it is either hygrophorous or hygrocybe. It is pretty common. I do not have my mushroom books with me at the apartment…..Charlotte

  5. NRV Mushroom Club says:

    Hygrocybe coccineus does seems the most likely, with Hygrocybe miniatus being another possibility (depending on the average size of a larger sample of specimens and how dry or moist the caps were. This is a difficult Genus at times, because many of the features listed in the guides are variable, and sort of inter grade between species. Example: "Gills attached, seceding, or slightly descending the stalk. Close to nearly distant."

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