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Threatened species

Hygrocybe austropratensis - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Hygrocybe austropratensis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Sep 2002
Profile last updated: 24 Sep 2019


A small brightly coloured fungus. Cap 14 - 30 mm orange to light orange brown, convex or irregularly convex expanding to convex on one side and flat on the other to irregular; dry; at first coated with white, furry layer, lost as cap matures, margins rolled under and may be slighted ridged with whitish fragments similar to cap surface. Gills forming down the stem and sometimes forking at join with cap, no veins on cap undersurface, pale orange buff and margins the same and even. Stem 20 - 45 mm x 4 -7 mm, very pale creamy brown, solid, dry, cylindrical but often bulbous at base, smooth or coated with white furry layer which disappears with age.


Only know from type locality at Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove Local Government Area.

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.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

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