Hygrocybe aff. firma
- (orange)
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Description:
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This species starts off bright orange, but 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, which I have seen occur repeatedly in the same location for over 30 years. Recently, I noticed this species also has a very long fruiting life (4 weeks plus).
Common name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp, broad-leaved forest
Substrate: 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. firma
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Scale= 11 mm.
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In the field these can be told apart from other yellow waxgills by the orange colouring seen in the gills.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma
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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.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma
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Scale= 8 mm.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma
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Scale= 6.5 mm.
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An immature fruiting body showing how orange these are to start with.
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Hygrocybe aff. firma
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Scale= 6.5 mm.
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Another showing how orange these are when young
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Micro images:
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Magnification = 1000x
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Spores: Image shows the two different spore sizes of H. firma
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Forest Fungi