Although these two species of Gliophorus are green, they are not photosynthetic (no fungi are).

These two species can be very difficult to tell apart in the field, but looking at the gill edge is helpful.


Gliophorus graminicolor

These can be very difficult to tell apart from the other green waxgill, Gliophorus viridis (see below).

Gliophorus graminicolor has structures called cheilocystidia along the gill edge. Because of the slimy glutinous layer on this cap, these structures are seen as a clear gelatinous thread along the gill edge.

Gliophorus viridis

This species does not have cheilocystidia along the gill edge, so the gill edge appears white, not clear.

Just to show you what the gills of G. viridis are like.
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See also: Humidicutis Hygrocybe Bertrandia Camarophyllus

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