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Small bright red waxgill. Convex cap about 15mm across, bright red fading to orange along rim. The cap is dry and slightly scaly. Stem about 30mm high slightly thickening at base. No ring present. The gills are pink/red and adnate. (Joined straight to the stem.)
Found on Pirongia Mountian in the North Island of New Zealand. Growing under mixed native forest.
This fungus is red right through its body and unlike a similar species, H.firma, the gills retain a red to pink colour even when older. This species is native to NZ and Australia. As a matter of interest, this species was depicted on the $0.40 postage stamp issued by NZ Post on 6th March 2002.