CS173_Hygrocybe virginea = Camarophyllus nivea
CS199_Hygrocybe virginea = Camarophyllus nivea
Detail of collected specimen CS199
CS196_Hygrocybe virginea = Camarophyllus nivea
Pileipellis
2-Spored basidia
2-Spored basidium
Gill trama
Spores
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Hygrocybe virginea (Wulfen) P.D. Orton & Watling, 1969
Description: Solitary to scattered medium sized waxy cap, on soil amongst grass in open ground or close to Bay laurel or Olive trees.
Pileus: Fragile, white to off white (beige) coloured, convex in young specimens to flat (but some specimens with slight umbo) to infundibuliform, smooth, dry to occasionally slightly sticky; 4-32mm diameter.
Stipe: White, tapering towards the base, smooth, dry, flesh white without colour change, centrally stuffed; 4-12mm diameter, up to 25mm in height.
Gills: White, distant, markedly decurrent, thick and waxy, anastomosing near stipe, L=16-20, l=1-3.
Spore print: White

Microscopy:
Pileipellis: Ixocutis with a lower layer of interwoven inflated hyphae.
Basidia: Elongated, thin with long sterigmata, 2-spored (all specimens collected)
Gill trama: Irregular.
Cheilocystidia: Absent.
Pleurocystidia: Absent.
Spores: Ellipsoid, hyaline, rough ; 9.0-12.1µm x 5.8-8.5µm; Q=1.30-1.79, Qm=1.50

This species was commonly known as Camarophyllus niveus. It is a common species in many areas of Malta. Several specimens were infected with a fungus, reported (in the UK) as Fusarium sporotrichioides Sherb.
CS173 Buskett
(3/01/11)
Spores in cresol Red
(10% Ammonia)
Links:
Index Fungorum
Aberystwyth University site
CS196 Wied Dalam
(8/01/11)
CS199 Has-Saptan
(8/01/11)
CS199 Detail
(Specimen infected by an ascomycete)
Pileipellis
Gill trama
2-spored Basidia
2-spored Basidium
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