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Hygrocybe aurantipes - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Hygrocybe aurantipes
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 19 Jul 2002
Profile last updated: 24 Sep 2019


A small brightly coloured gilled fungus. Cap 20 - 40 mm, changes over time from cone shaped expanding over time to more or less flat. Colour from dark olive-brown to greenish yellow tints as the cap expands and often orange when old; smooth, dry and non-splitting edges which are lighter when young. The gills fused to under surface of cap with thick veins. One set of short gills yellowish cream - to yellowish orange, margins of same colour. Stem 30 - 60 mm x 3.5 - 7 mm, cylindrical but often flattened, stem base may be either inflated or slightly tapered; smooth, dry, pale yellow - orange to apricot pink tints, more pale above, base may be the same colour or white or more yellowish, hollow.


Type locality, Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove Local Government Area. Other records from Blue Mountains National Park (Mt Wilson) and Hazelbrook.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in gallery warm temperate forests dominated by Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii), Grey Myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia), Cheese Tree (Glochidion ferdinandi) and Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum).
  • Associated with alluvial sandy soils of the Hawkesbury Soil Landscapes with naturally low fertility and erodible.
  • Occur as individuals or in groups, terrestrial rarely on wood and only if extremely rotten; substrates include soil, humus, or moss.
  • Does not produce above ground fruiting bodies (fungus) all year round. Fruiting bodies begin appearing mid May to mid July sometimes to August.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Predicted None
Sydney BasinWollemi Predicted None