Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Cuphophyllus pratensis var. pratensis (Fr.) Bon

Meadow waxcap

One of the commonest waxcaps on unimproved pasture and aptly named. Another common name in use that I particularly like is salmon waxcap because the young fruiting-bodies are salmon or peach coloured. They fade with age and often acquire a crazed surface. The fungus is dry and has gills running down the stipe (decurrent - more obvious in older specimens).

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