Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hygrocybe species

This brilliant red Hygrocybe caught my eye from some distance. I thought it might have been a brightly colored fallen leaf, but because it was next to a spring I decided to check it out. It is relatively large for a Hygrocybe. There are several bright red Hygrocybes. The orange cap-margin is distinctive. The distant, decurrent gills suggest H. appalachianensis. Reportedly edible but tasteless.

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