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Crimson Waxcap

Observed: 18th September 2011 By: LittorellaLittorella’s reputation in Fungi and LichensLittorella’s reputation in Fungi and LichensLittorella’s reputation in Fungi and LichensLittorella’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Greasy looking bright red wee (c. 2-3cm diam - not measured) fungus, with a yellowish stem and gills. Spore print - white.


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Species interactions

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H. conica group

Although I have added a revision as "Hygrocybe conica agg.", to fit in with the current majority view, I have also noted that it looks like young H. pseudoconica - a member of this species aggregate.

I have been (with the help of students) monitoring a major waxcap grassland site for anout 15 years now, with over 30 spp. recorded, also high diversity for earthtongues (Geoglossaceae). We have H. conica itself, including var. chloroides (a beautiful thing), H. pseudoconica and H. tristis, all remaining distinct and differing in ecology. There is a site for H. cinereifolia not too far away and also seeming to remain distinct. Current belief is that all these are one species, which I find difficult to accept. A current Kew research project will hopefully help clarify the status of these species.


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Yup, I am pretty sure that I would not have got that without some direction as the specimens I saw were all bright and 'clean' looking. The 'blackness' arrived after sitting in the kitchen waiting for a spore print.

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Nice, useful comment from Alan Silverside.
These Hygrocybes are common here in the salty air and rabbit shorn-grass.

The Genus Hygrocybe - Revised 2nd Edition
by D. Boertmann is out there; lovely, but very expensive.