E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Hygrophorus aureus (Arrh.) Fr.
golden waxy-cap

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

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Species Information

features include slimy cap that is shiny yellow brown to yellow to orange, decurrent white gills, white stem with the middle part wider and thickly covered with golden orange flecks; there are transitional forms between this and Hygrophorus hypothejus, and the online Index Fungorum, accessed May 8, 2006 gives Hygrophorus aureus Arrh. as a synonym of Hygrophorus hypothejus (Fr.) Fr.; Hesler(1) did not have specimens in their material, so it is presumably rare if present, reported from BC (Schalkwijk-Barendsen(1))
up to 6cm across, bell-shaped at first, then flattening with small umbo; "shiny yellow to orange with thick slime layer on young, yellow-brown specimens", (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), 2-4cm across, golden orange, center apricot; glutinous, (Hansen), up to 4cm, scarlet, margin orange yellow; viscid, (Courtecuisse)
white and bright yellow under the cuticle, (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), pale, reddish under cap cuticle, (Courtecuisse)
decurrent (arched at first), distant, waxy; white, (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), pale yellow (Hansen), horizontal; pale yellow, (Courtecuisse)
up to 6cm long and up to 1cm wide at top and about 2cm in middle, top and base white, "the main part wider and thickly covered by golden orange flocs", (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), 3-7cm x 0.5-0.8cm, yellowish white with a glutinous ring zone, (Hansen), up to 6cm long and 0.8cm wide, "white slightly wreathed, ring zone fleeting, reddish", (Courtecuisse)
translucent, thick, golden gel; leaving a small ridge in the annular zone and a floccose sheath on the stalk, (Schalkwijk-Barendsen)
Microscopic spores:
spores 7-9 x 4-5 microns, (Hansen)
Spore deposit:
white (Schalkwijk-Barendsen)

Habitat / Range

under spruce, (Schalkwijk-Barendsen), under pine (Hansen), hardwoods in the north of Europe, conifers in the south, (Courtecuisse)

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Genetic information (NCBI Taxonomy Database)
Taxonomic Information from the World Flora Online
Index Fungorium
Taxonomic reference: Schalkwijk-Barendsen(1)*, Courtecuisse(1)*, Hansen, L.(2), Breitenbach(3), Hesler(1)

Additional Range and Status Information Links


said to be edible (Schalkwijk-Barendsen)

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Species References

Schalkwijk-Barendsen(1)*, Courtecuisse(1)*, Hansen, L.(2), Breitenbach(3), Hesler(1)

References for the fungi

General References