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Threatened species

Hygrocybe collucera - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Hygrocybe collucera
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 20 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 24 Sep 2019


A small brightly coloured red gilled fungus. Cap 8 - 20 mm scarlet red, cone shaped to broadly convex, at first distinctly sticky then smooth dry, smooth but very fine silky fibres at the centre to slightly velvety at the margins; margins ridged, yellow and even to scalloped forming round teeth. Gills deeply formed down stem, brilliant yellow but may show orange tints, margins even and the same colour, veins present on cap undersurface and on open face of gills. Stem 30 - 50 mm x 5 - 3.5 mm brilliant scarlet but yellowish towards base, cylindrical, dry, smooth or with fine silky fibres.


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 Predicted None
Sydney BasinPittwater Predicted None