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Snowy Waxcap?

Observed: 21st August 2012 By: Pam Burrow
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Identifications

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Comments

Pam Burrow's picture

Thanks for this

Thanks for this clarification. I'm sure you're right, especially once I see some of the other similar examples. But what are the features which mean that it's not a Snowy waxcap? I don't doubt your id - I'm not at all an expert - but am just curious to know how I would not make the same mistaken id again.
Many thanks,
Pam

flaxton's picture

Hi Pam There are a few

Hi Pam
There are a few things. First Hygrocybe (the Wax Caps)generally are a more solid fruit body and although they do degenerate as they get older they do not become almost transparent as your find has become.
Secondly The gills of H virginea are decurrent ie they grow down the stalk and I am sure on your find they do not.
The final clincher is that Hygrocybe will produce white spores and Bolbitius or close allies will produce rust brown spores.

Mal

Pam Burrow's picture

Brilliant! THanks so much for

Brilliant! THanks so much for this explanation. So much to learn...!
Pam