MARCH 2004:    

I.    SOMETIMES IT'S ALL WORTH WHILE!

The following is the content of an E-mail I received from abroad. Apparently a very heartfelt thank you note!  (punctuation and spelling as received)

"dear prof

hello, i hope you good,today i recivied your mail . dear prof , frist i am very greatfull to God  . i am very greatfull for you,you become support me and friend  ,  my all family send you special thanks ,when i recivied your mail i am crying for your kind and cooperation . i am very proud to keep in touch with you , i feel very huppy and hope when i rember that,sorry to my langue , during i wrote this e-mail for you i crying for huppy, realy i hope you good wishes in your work and life, with all my best wishes..."

What did I do to deserve this gem? -   click here

II.   March 2004: Wax Caps Updated. still under construction!

The Genera Hygrophorus, Hygrocybe, and Camarophyllus

Hygrophorus (sensu lato) is a large genus accommodating approximately 250 species.  Many of these mushrooms are extremely colourful and the range includes purple, green, scarlet, yellow, orange, rich chocolate-brown and snowy white. They not only catch the eye with their colour but many are extremely common and widespread in occurrence. This group, and the daintier Mycena, are amongst the most aesthetically pleasing of the mushrooms.   A subgroup of Hygrophorus is split off by many into the genus Hygrocybe and several other species into the genus Camarophyllus.  Hygrocybe contains the smaller, and more colourful species that often have a wax-like appearance.   The larger, fleshier, more robust, and usually less colourful species, are contained in Hygrophorus proper.     The differences between Camarophyllus and Hygrophorus are based on microscopic features.

Hygrophorus and Hygrocybe species grow on the ground in fields or forests. They don’t fruit on wood.    Many species of this group are edible but have little flavour to recommend them. A few are believed poisonous;  for these reasons none of this group is recommended for eating.

H. acutoconica, H. agathosomasH. bakerensis, H. cantharellusH. ceracea, H. chrysodon, H. coccinea, H. conica, H. eburneus, H. erubescens, H.flavescens, H. fuligineus, H. hypothejus, H. laeta, H. marginata, H. marginata #2, H. miniataH. nitida, H. olivaceoalbaH. pratensis, H psittacina , H. pudorinus, H. punicea, H. russulaH. speciosa, H. subviolacea, H. virginea, H. vitellina.