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Observed: 14th August 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in Fungi and LichensChalkie’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Some sort of wax cap? Very vivid yellow and shiny. There were also some red ones, maybe a different species, as I've seen each on their own too. Up to about 3cm across the cap.


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

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Hygrocybe conica

One of our most familiar waxcaps, in variable shades of red, orange and yellow, discolouring black either in part or whole.


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This looks to have a viscid

This looks to have a viscid cap which would make H conica unlikely.

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Thanks for the help.

I shall try bruising them! And will look a bit further into the viscid bit.

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Hygrocybe, the Waxcaps

Cap and stipe texture (dry, greasy or viscid)is sometimes critical in identification; viscid meaning slimy coating seen particularly on the caps of some fungi.


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Viscid cap

I went back to pick some - and the gorgeous red ones had been mown! So much for me leaving them for others to admire! Though there were black mushy patches where they'd been, so maybe they were blackening wax caps. But I did find some more of the yellow ones, and have cut one in half to look for blackening (but only a few minutes ago, so no change yet). The cap is definitely viscid - it has been raining here, but the purple fungus (also on ispot) doesn't look shiny at all - this yellow one is very very shiny and feels like slug slime. Ugh. The stem was also very fibrous and bright yellow right through.
Fungi are fascinating, but not easy to identify!