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Snowy Waxcap - Hygrocybe virginea

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Taken on a fungi foray in Anston Stones Wood with Nettle Runner 27/10/07
· Date: Sat October 27, 2007 · Views: 626 · Filesize: 144.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 600 ·
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Fungus Ken
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Sun October 28, 2007 9:23pm

Unfortunately Lactarius pallidus isn't white like this, in spite of its name. It's more of a cream colour and it doesn't look like this. None of the white Lactarius species on the British list look like the specimens in the photo, so this isn't a Lactarius.



Did you consider Hygrophorus as an option, eg Hygrophorus eburneus?



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Sun October 28, 2007 10:40pm

Hi Ken



The reason we thought it was a milkcap was that there appeared to be very small droplets of what we assumed to be milk when the cap was cut.



From looking in Phillips, Hygrophorus eburneus is a definate possibility as it was found in leaf litter near beech but would you expect to see the afore mentioned droplets?



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Sun October 28, 2007 10:49pm

The white Hygrophorus species tend to be sticky and I have seen them with droplets, particularly along the gill edges, but this isn't actually liquid released from specialised cells in the flesh of the mushroom on breaking, as would be the case in Lactarius.



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Sun October 28, 2007 10:54pm

Just looking again at the picture, where the gills have been cut through you can see they are quite thick, which again suggests either Hygrophorus or Hygrocybe, and the jizz isn't quite right for a Waxcap, which leaves Hygrophorus.



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Sun October 28, 2007 10:56pm

Thanks for your help and advice Ken, it is most appreciated

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Sun November 4, 2007 7:04pm

Worth just adding that the additional photos in the gallery showing the gills confirmed it was a Hygrocybe after all.



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