Hygrocybe conica

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Hygrocybe conica

24 October 2000 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Blackening Wax Cap

Cap

Sharply conical, sometimes lobed, surface dry and fibrous, red, orange or yellow, blackening with age, typically to about 5 cm across, exceptionally to about 10 cm across

Gills

Adnexed or free, pale yellow, blackening with age

Stem

Equal, dry, fibrous, yellow to orange, blackening with age, to about 10 cm high

Flesh

Yellow in the cap, white in the stem, blackening on cutting, fragile, fibrous in the stem

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In unimproved grassland, deciduous woods, marshes, and fixed dunes

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal or oblong, smooth (8.5-10) x (5-6.5) µm2 for specimens with four spored basida, and (9-11.5) x (5.5-7.5) µm2 for specimens with two spored basida

Edibility

Edible

Notes

This is a very variable species which includes many forms which were formerly considered as distinct species. See The Genus Hygrocybe by D. Boertmann for details.