Hygrocybe virginea var virginea

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Hygrocybe virginea var virginea

14 October 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Hygrocybe nivea

Cap

Convex, then flattened, or upturned, surface slippery, with translucent radial striations extending from the margin towards the centre, white or cream, sometimes with a pale brown tinge, about 1 to 7 cm across

Gills

Broad, distant, decurrent, white

Stem

Smooth, +/- equal, white

Flesh

White

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

Unimproved grasslands, lawns, and sometimes in woods and on scrubland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal or oblong, smooth (7-8.5) x (4.5-5) µm2 for specimens with four spored basida, and (10-12) x (5-6) µm2 for specimens with two spored basida

Edibility

Edible, good

Notes

Small specimens used to be known as H. nivea. Some specimens may exhibit pink spots and a coconut smell resulting from an infection

Additional Photographs

Hygrocybe virginea var virginea

14 October 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin