AppearanceCap: 2-4 cm; conical, expanding to broadly conical; slimy to sticky when fresh; bald; scarlet red, fading to orangish red; the margin sometimes faintly lined, often upturned and splitting in age.
Gills: Free from the stem or narrowly attached to it; close or almost distant; thick; pale orange or orangish yellow, darkening with age.
Stem: 2.5-6.5 cm long; 0.5-2 cm thick; equal or slightly tapering to apex; dry, or a little tacky when handled; bald, becoming fibrillose with age; often becoming grooved and/or twisted lengthwise; becoming hollow; colored like the cap, or paler; white at the base.
Flesh: Yellowish or whitish; thin; not blackening.
Hygrocybe acutoconica var. cuspidata.
Distributionwidely distributed in North America
Habitatscattered or gregariously under oaks and other hardwoods; late spring through fall
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