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Hygrophorus speciosus

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Hygrophorus speciosus is perhaps the most picturesque species in the genus and, when found in its typical habitat, is easily identified. When fresh, it has a brilliant reddish orange cap and white to yellow stipe, both of which are slimy. As the fruitbodies age, they become less slimy and the cap color usually fades to orange or yellow. The decurrent gills are whitish to pale yellow. H. speciosus is found most commonly in the inland portion of the PNW, where larch is locally abundant. Other than the color scheme and tree preference, H. speciosus and H. hypothejus are quite similar.

Accepted Name:
Hygrophorus speciosus Peck

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. speciosus – larch waxy-cap
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hygrophorus speciosus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Hygrophorus speciosus photos.

7 photographs:
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