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Hygrocybe reesiae - profile

Indicative distribution

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


A small, lilac coloured gilled fungus. Cap 10 - 20 mm, convex but with a dip at the centre to almost with a small hallow at top of stem when mature, smooth, dry, margins even and not splitting, pale lilac to lilac grey but fading to buff when old. Gills deeply formed down stem, distant, thick, 1 or 2 sets of short gills, deep lilac to near violet, margins of the same colour. Stem 16 - 30 mm x 3 - 4mm, dry, smooth, cylindrical pallid lilac but darker to the top, becoming buff, hollow.


Type locality, Lane cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove Local Government Area. Also recorded from Blue Mountains National Park in the Hazelbrook area. Also found in Tasmania.

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