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Hygrocybe persistens

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Hygrocybe persistens (Puntmutswasplaat (BE) / Persistent Waxcap (EN) / Kegeliger oder Spitzgebuckelter Saftling (DE) / Hygrophore immuable (FR) ) is a fungus in the family Hygrophoraceae, or waxcaps. Members of the genus Hygrocybe are distinguished from other members of the Hygrophoraceae by their often brightly-colored fruiting bodies, the saprotrophic habitat of most species (though a few have been shown to be ectomycorrhizal), and subparallel to parallel lamellar trama. Some grassland and heath ecosystems, particularly in Europe, have a great abundance and diversity of Hygrocybe species. Determination of a fungus to species level is not always easy to make. So this evening I started to attend a course on mushroom determination. Comming fall will not be boaring for me :-)

Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Mithun from palakkad, kerela/Bangalore, India

Wonderful macro, excellent contrast with the background.

3 Sep 2010 6:14am

@Mithun: Thank you very much for your comment, Mithun.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great shot of this little fungus! I like to eat mushrooms but I wouldn't eat this one.

3 Sep 2010 7:54am

@Marilla: I don't know if the species is eadible or not. That is one of the things I just don't bother when seeing a mushroom. I just enjoy the beauty of the species ... :-) Have a nice weekend !

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Nog nooit gezien! Wat een leuk paddestoeltje met dat omgekeerde hartje als hoedje ;) Daar moeten toch zeker wel kabouters in de buurt rondlopen?! Mooi zachte kleuren Johan.

3 Sep 2010 8:07am

@Monique: De "Wasplaten" zijn een heel boeiend genus binnen de paddenstoelen. Ze zijn allemaal erg bijzonder gekleurd en vallen daardoor nogal op. Kabouters heb ik jammer genoeg niet gespot in die buurt, maar sneeuwwitje daarentegen ... :-) Fijn weekend, Monique.

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

a golden glow amidst softened green background- excellent!

3 Sep 2010 8:17am

@Jojigirl: Nice description, Jogigirl. Thank you very much for making the effort to comment on this one.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Goed gekozen tijdstip voor deze cursus. (hoewel ik vorige maand al veel paddenstoelen zag....!)
Prachtig model paddenstoel met mooie warme tint!

3 Sep 2010 8:45am

@Marleen: Ik vraag me ook steeds af waarom ze die cursussen begin september starten :-) Inderdaad was augustus door de grote vochtigheid en relatieve warmte ideaal voor paddo's. Ik denk dat je er zeker mag van zijn dat de komende maanden heel wat paddenstoeltjes hier de revue gaan passeren ... :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I love the color and texture on this fungus. You have a great eye for these species. How interesting to be taking a course. You will do quite well, I am sure.

3 Sep 2010 9:50am

@Julie Brown: I hope to get some skills for a proper fungus-determination. The first lesson was just theoretical, but the following will be determintions in the field... I'm expecting a lot ... Thanks for taking the time to comment the latest series of images, Julie. I know you have some busy time right now too. Highly appreciated !

carla from Netherlands

Een hartje, inderdaad ze zijn er weer de paddestoelen. geweldig om te fotograferen.
Deze ben ik nog nooit tegengekomen. Hij steekt mooi af tegen de achtergrond.

3 Sep 2010 11:06am

@carla: Dank je, Carla. Heerlijk om te fotograferen, inderdaad, maar zo moeilijk om op naam te brengen ... Maak er nog een fijn weekend van !

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

splendid mushroom

3 Sep 2010 11:08am

@Veronique: The color is a bit unusual for a fungus, don't you think? That is probably what makes this species so attractive. Have a nice weekend, Veronique. Greetz !

Mary from PA, United States

Excellent capture...such a beautiful yellow. Have a great class, sounds very interesting.

3 Sep 2010 11:11am

@Mary: Thank you, Mary. Untill now, the course is interesting ... hope it will be next weeks too :-) It's a wonderfull world we live in.

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Wat een schoonheid, nog nooit gezien!

3 Sep 2010 1:51pm

@Joke: Het is dan ook een rode-lijst soort en dus niet evident om gewoon langs de straatkant of bospad tegen te komen. maar mooi is hij zeker ... en zoals steeds ... nog mooier in de natuur dan op foto.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Moving past orchids and insects you are now into the land of fungi. This one has a magical appeal to it. I think it is the warm coloration and the composition. Excellent information about it as well!

5 Sep 2010 3:31am

@Dutçh: Every season has it's own "favoured" organisms to study - so I think in autumn the fungi are an appropriate choice :-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I was taking a photo of mushrooms in my back yard when my camera broke.. so it is mushroom time around here too. I'm just hesitant now ;)

6 Sep 2010 5:25pm

@Dutçh: Don't blame the mushrooms... but be aware of the gnomes - don't make them angry ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic macro and wonderful speciman

7 Sep 2010 8:40pm

@Christine: Hey Christine ! Glad to see you back. Hope you had a wonderfull holiday ! Thanks for the compliment and your the first to call me "speciman" :P

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I meant specimen !!!

7 Sep 2010 8:41pm

@Christine: Off course you did :-)))) My English is not THAT bad. :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm