Hygrocybe punicea

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Hygrocybe punicea

27 November 2016 Exbury Gardens, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Crimson Wax Cap

Cap

Conical to bell shaped, becoming flattened with age, usually with a central bump, surface viscid to slippery, bright red, sometimes with pale areas, often with faint radial lines at the margin, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Distant, broad, adnate to emarginate, reddish with a yellow margin

Stem

Dry, fibrous, yellow, orange yellow or orange red, to about 2 cm across and 12 cm high

Flesh

Pale yellow, fibrous in the stem, white in the stem base

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

Unimproved grassland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, often constricted, smooth (8.5-11) x (5-6) µm2

Edibility

Edible, but should not be collected due to rarity

Notes

This beautiful fungus is distinguished from most Hygrocybe species by its large size. It could be confused with H. splendidissima, but is separated by its greasy cap, fibrous stem and absence of the smell of honey from drying and dried specimens.

Additional Photographs

Hygrocybe punicea

November 1998 Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin