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Hygrocybe lanecovensis - profile

Indicative distribution

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


A small brightly coloured gilled fungus. Cap 10 - 23 mm, brilliant scarlet, convex, very sticky but soon becoming almost dry and only faintly sticky at maturity, smooth, margins scalloped forming rounded teeth and very finely edged with yellow. Gills pure white at first and remaining so until at least half matured, then faintly yellow tinted especially when old, deeply forming down stem, margins even and of same colour. Stem 25 - 50 mm x 2 - 5 mm, brilliant scarlet, very sticky and tending to remain very sticky until about half matured and then becoming sticky at most, smooth, cylindrical or tapered downwards, central cylinder (pith) filled.


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