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Hygrocybe coccinea

Observed: 20th September 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Hygrocybe splendidissima
Hygrocybe splendidissima 1
Hygrocybe splendidissima 1 2
Hygrocybe splendidissima 1 2 3
Hygrocybe splendidissima 1 2 3 4
Hygrocybe splendidissima 1 2 3 4 5

In cropped grazed pasture in large clusters blood red greasy cap


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anonymous spotter's picture

What a striking fungus -

Never seen it, would love to: great find!

Updated in view of more recent comments: Still really beautiful specimens, and still a great find!

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Fenwickfield's picture


Did say it was found in the north,I was amazed at how bright it was and in large amounts, a first for me.


AlanS's picture

Sorry to be a doubter

but I do think it is just particularly fine H. coccinea.


Fenwickfield's picture

No Problem Alan

I am just pleased that you do question it as we don't want incorrect identifications and it is all about learning for me.I did take a spore print on my waxcaps and they were white,but need to invest in a more powerful microscope.


D.M.H.'s picture

Smell and taste(done

Smell and taste(done correctly, only tiny amount, tip of tongue, no swallowing)combined with stem and cap dry/slimy information and finally entire stipe sectioned.
MJ seperates the two based on the colour of flesh, H.splendidissima having wholly yellow flesh throughout except stem base. H punicea hahs white flesh and H. Coccinea orange. SPLENDID indeed its relitively massive compared to average waxcap.


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Fenwickfield's picture


I bought an excellent book on them early last year so now find them easier to identify also take very detailed notes when out looking for them and sample always brought home to double check this is my favourite genus and I get quite a few different types were I live.


jhn7's picture


I only found my 1st waxcap last week - in my garden lawn. They are such intense colours and yours are truly splendid! Where's Alan because I'm sure they are one of his specialities?

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