Herald of Winter

Hygrophorus hypothejus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Herald of Winter Hygrophorus hypothejus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 3–6cm across, hemispherical then flattening, sometimes with a depressed centre; olive-brown with paler margin; slimy. Stem 40–70Γ—7–14mm; whitish, tinged yellow or orange; slimy below the ring-like zone. Flesh whitish to pale yellow, bruising orange-red. Gills decurrent; pale yellow. Spores 7–9Γ—4–5ΒΌ, ellipsoid to ovoid. Spore print white. Habitat in pine woods; late autumn, often appearing after the first frosts. Frequent. Edible but not recommended, too slimy.

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