British distribution: Throughout Britain.
Identification and variation
A full description is provided by Boertmann (2010). This includes microscopic characters, including the spores with a characteristic median constriction.
There are several other orange to red Hygrocybe species of fairly similar appearance and microscopic examination is recommended and sometimes essential for certain identification. The oily smell of H. quieta is distinctive once known, but could be confused with the smell of decay in moribund material. The orange variant of H. chlorophana is not dissimilar, and yellower variants of the normally red H. reidii can also resemble it, though H. reidii generally has more broadly attached to decurrent gills and its own distinctive smell of honey when the gills are rubbed. Both of these species have ovoid spores with little or no median constriction.