Hygrophorus olivaceoalbus    (Fr.:Fr.) Fr. 

common name(s) : Olive Wax Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Hygrophoraceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales [sub-genus:Limacium section:Olivaceoumbrini ]  
(unconfirmed synonyms: Limacium olivaceoalbum)  

edibility : edible, good

potential confusions with  Hygrophorus olivaceoalbus toxicity of Hygrophorus olivaceoalbus genus Hygrophorus  

The cap is brown, with a central umbo. The cap surface is smooth, viscid or sticky.

The stem is white washed with brown-grey, without ring.

The flesh is whitish, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is faint; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white to creamy white, decurrent, distant . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, on a rather acid soil, with spruce, larch.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 5 cm (between 1 and 8 cm)
  height of stem approximately 10 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 8 mm (between 4 and 10 mm)

Chemical tests : bright yellow reaction to potash on stem base, paler on cap.

Distinctive features : very slimy stem, covered with yellow viscid streaks except at the top which is white; with conifers

Hygrophorus olivaceoalbus is still unreported so far in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .

page updated on 14/01/18