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Heath Waxcap

Observed: 25th October 2013 By: PeachystevePeachysteve’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPeachysteve’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPeachysteve’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPeachysteve’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
DSCN2047.Hygrocybe laeta var. laeta .Heath Waxcap
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Description:

The next waxcap we found was Heath Waxcap. Much smaller the Meadow or Slimy Waxcaps. Cap up to 3cm across. Toffee brown coloured with ridges at edge of cap. Slimy. Gills decurrent and with a slimy edge. Smell of burnt rubber. Visible to the eye but was a green tinge at the top of the stipe but this doesn't show on the photo.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

marksteer's picture

Went on 2 fungi walks

Went on 2 fungi walks recently with Mycologists and lots of Waxcaps. In UK 65? species with DNA work maybe 95!
I find this very interseting Genus but not so easy to ID confidently

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Peachysteve's picture

Waxcaps

Our walk leader was something of a waxcap enthusiast. Armed with David Boertmann's The Genus Hygrocybe. He was able to point out many details which separated similar species. I did overload on information after a while.

Fenwickfield's picture

Worth buying

This is the book I have and it is really worth the money I love this genus

Fenwickfield

marksteer's picture

Me too!

Me too!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know