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 M
ushrooms of North America
(Copyrightę1998-2003 Edward J. Polasek)

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Key 2.3

Hygrophorous
(Waxy-gills)

 

 

Is the fruiting body pure white or flushed faintly with pink?

Yes

Is the fruiting body colored? ...........................

Yes

 

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Are the cap margin and top of stalk covered with yellow hairs?

Yes

Is the cap without yellow hairs? ...........................

Yes

 

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You have an H. chrysodon

 

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Are the cap and gills very pale or pink with an aromatic odor?

Yes

Is the cap pure white with no odor? ............................................................

Yes

 

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You have an H. eburneus or H. cossus

 

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Are the cap and stalk glutinous?   ............    ..............

Yes

Is the cap viscid to gelatinous and the stalk dry?

Yes

Is the cap dry? ..........      ..........    ..............

Yes

 

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Is the stalk slender (.1" to .3") and the cap broad?

Yes

Is the mushroom robust with a stalk 1/2" to 1-1/2" thick? 

Yes

 

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You have an H. burneus

 

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You have an H. subalpinus or H. ponderosa

 

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Are the gills pinkish buff and the mushroom often found under spruce?

Yes

Are the gills white, the fruiting body thing, and the stalk 0.1" to 0.2" thick?

Yes

 

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You have an H. pileae

 

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You have an H. niveus

 

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Is the cap large (1/2" to 1-1/2")?

Yes

Is the cap small (0.1" to 1/4")?

Yes

 

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You have an H. borealis

 

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You have an H. nivelcolor

 

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Is the fruiting body brown-toned? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Yes

Is the fruiting body brightly colored (not brown-toned)?

Yes

 

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