Hygrocybe intermedia

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Hygrocybe intermedia

18 October 2005 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Conical then expanding, sometimes lobed, surface dry and fibrous, centre scurfy, red then orange or orange-yellow, to about 6 cm across

Gills

Adnexed or free, whitish to pale yellow, thick, edge sometimes serrated

Stem

Cylindrical, +/- equal, hollow, surface dry, fibrous, red, orange yellow or yellow, to about 6 cm high

Flesh

Yellowish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

In unimproved grassland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, ovoid or pear shaped, smooth (8-11) x (5-6.5) µm2

Edibility

Edible, but should not be collected due to rarity

Notes

This species is readily identified by the combination of a dry scurfy cap, a fibrous stem, and the large size