Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Cuphophyllus russocoriaceus (Berkeley & T.K. Miller) Bon

Cedarwood waxcap

This has a similar appearance to Cuphophyllus virgineus but as the specific name indicates, it has a strong smell of Russian leather. It is often encountered in sizeable groups. Like many waxcaps it prefers unimproved grassland and is happy in acidic and alkaline substrates.

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