15 responses to “Hygrocybe miniata”

  1. Denis

    Wow, that is beautiful, but it looks toxic enough to kill an elephant. The fact that thee is just a single bite out of it has me wondering if there was some little corpse nearby, victim of the toxins within.

  2. Carey

    What distinguishes this species from H. coccinea?

  3. Dennis

    Thanks so much for leading me to Ken Beath’s work. The two of you give us unlimited canvasses of the creator’s work. The colors, textures, and compositions are beyond the imagination of mortals.

  4. Steve Ness

    Toxic? Not so much it would seem. The early writer Hard in Mushrooms says this about H. miniatus; …”Few mushrooms are more tender or have a more delicate flavor”. Arora in Mushrooms Demystified calls it “bland” but then goes on to quote Captain Charles McIlvaine …..”The gunner for partridges will not shoot rabbits; the knowing toadstool-seeker will pass all others where H. miniatus abounds”. And in California Mushrooms the authors say the following under edibility of Hygrocybe miniata; …..”according to mycologist C. H. Peck. ‘it is scarcely surpassed by any mushroom in tenderness of substance and agreeableness of flavor’ “

  5. lynn

    “Scurfy-textured!” I learned a new word; thank you for that, Dominic. It’s amazing that only 5% of Australia’s mushrooms are described; so much work remains to be done. Thanks too, for the link to Ken Beath’s Flickr page – you’re right, he’s managed to show a brilliant variety of forms, on just the first page.

  6. Trella

    I don’t know of any fungi that brilliantly colored in the U.S., at least not here in the Pacific Northwest. You couldn’t miss that on any forest floor. Wouldn’t that be pretty in a salad, assuming it really is non-toxic!

  7. Ian

    Daniel,
    Could you weigh in on why a mushroom species would be selected over time for and eventually end up such a striking color? Evolutionary advantages versus costs? Bright colors can mean inedible or edible and delicious, can broadcast ripeness and thus seed maturity but, in the case of mushrooms, has anyone ever weighed in on why they evolve toward such stunning colors? And this against the backdrop of color being seen differently by different organisms that eat mushrooms if seen at all. Thanks.

  8. Tara Moreau

    Amazing! What a colour

  9. Pat Collins

    The specific name is specific to the hue of red, minium is red lead, lead tetroxide.

    Red lead is a striking deep orange-red much the same colour as that fungus and previously much used as a pigment.

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