Hygrocybe psittacina

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Hygrocybe psittacina

15 November 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Parrot Wax Cap

Cap

Convex, then flattened with a central bump, translucent radial lines at the margin, surface viscid, colour very variable, usually green when young, then sometimes yellow, pink or rarely white, or a mix of colours, hygrophanous, to about 4 cm across

Gills

Adnate, broad, distant, more or less concolorous with the cap

Stem

Equal, smooth, viscid, concolorous with the cap, but usually green at the apex, to about 4 cm high

Flesh

Concolorous with surface or paler

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In unimproved grassland, lawns, deciduous woods and on dunes

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8-9.5) x (5-6) µm2

Edibility

Edible, poor

Notes

This is an extremely variable species, but the slimy surface, and the presence of green at the stem apex are diagnostic

Additional Photographs

Hygrocybe psittacina

October 2004 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hygrocybe psittacina

October 2001 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hygrocybe psittacina

3 November 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hygrocybe psittacina

November 2000 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hygrocybe psittacina

October 2001 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hygrocybe psittacina

9 November 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin