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Hygrocybe conica

Hygrocybe conica
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-28
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-29 8:43
Viewed: 5738
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although the rainforest is full of beautiful fungi at this time of year, I still find the most amazing surprises on grass verges, even in town.
Hygrocybe conica is common both in forests and open pasture.
When first opening they have the classic elf cap shape, but often split and darken on opening.

Heres a bit of info from Wikipedia:

Hygrocybe conica, commonly known as the witch's hat, conical wax cap or conical slimy cap, is a colourful member of the genus Hygrocybe (the waxcaps), found across northern Europe and North America. Originally described as Hygrophorus conicus, it may actually be a complex of closely related and similar species.
Showing some black discolouration

The witch's hat is a small mushroom, with a convex to conical yellow-orange to red cap 2 to 5 cm (¾-2 inches) in diameter, though very occasionally larger specimens up to 8 or 9 cm (3½ in) diameter are found. Bruises black.
[edit] Distribution and habitat

The witch's hat is widely distributed in grasslands and conifer woodlands across North America, Europe and Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand, being found in summer and autumn. It is likely that what is currently termed Hygrocybe conica is actually a complex of closely related species, some of which are suspected of being poisonous. Though Hygrocybe conica does occur in Australia, principally near urban areas, many collections originally assigned to this species are actually the similar Hygrocybe astatogala.
The edibility or otherwise of Hygrocybe conica is unclear. Its small size and being coated in a sticky substance render it of limited palatability anyway, however there is a report of poisoning from China in the early part of the 20th century which was allegedly from this species.

I have a couple more images of very different looking ones, and a whole lot of great fungi pics I've taken over the last few days. Keep watching, & thanks for looking.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-29 9:59]

Hello Steve,
Welcome back!
A fine capture of a an interesting fungal species, the Witches Hat that has split up into three sections. The POV shows its features well with nice sharpness and colours and the drops of water really reflect the autumnal time of year in your country while we have spring!
Thanks and all the best,

Ciao Steve, fantastic fungi, I never see before, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-29 13:11]

Hello Steve,
How nice to see a photo from you. Very beautiful bright coloured photo taken from a very good POV. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF.

Hi Steve

Good to see you here again. I lik ethe wet slippery look on this one. Good sharpness too.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-29 13:55]

Hi Steve,a very nice pic,the choice of point of view and the drops was decisive for the beauty of your composition,great colors and sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hola Steve

Que hongo más original, es la primera vez que lo veo. Una foto y explicación interesantes, bonita imagen y un poco pegajosa.

Un saludo Antonio

Hello Steve friend,
Surely fungi have reappeared in New Zealand, as you are back! Good work, a fungus very strange (for me). You keep intact the ability to convey the feeling of the environment of the fungus. Still doing a great job with your Canon SX! TFS, regards, Jesús

Hi Steve,
Fascinating species, but I would agree that it's not terribly appetizing. Amazing coloration.

Hello Steve,
Thanks for showing this unusual fongi
Very good,sharp and colourful photo
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-30 6:52]

Hi Steve,
nice to see your expert skill in rendering beautiful fungi. such a lovely view with the droplet hanging giving added beauty to the specially coloured subject.
The shines and the glow really make this beauty a splendid view.


Hi Steve,

Good to see You're back. Warm welcome from Your old friend.

The cap's very strange. The photo's good overall, I like it, however the fruitbody in the background is a bit disturbing, because it's partially hidden, and placed not enough in the left upper corner (although it's probably a question of different styles as photographers). Otherwise an effective capture, tfs.

I'm prepared to see the other fungi photos You're talking about. Anyway, the fact You found these fungi in the city means Greymouth must be a clear town. As You know, Hygrocybes are extremely intolerant for all kind of manor.

Friendly regards, László

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