Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Hygrocybe miniata  (Fries) P. Kummer

Vermillion waxcap

It occurs in two colour forms; a bright orange and the more common vivid red, hence the common name. The cap is smooth when it first appears but soon develops fine squamules. Found in poor grassland and occasionally on moorland. Infrequently recorded but possibly overlooked. It can be easily confused with H. helobia.

Boertmann, D. (2010 revised second edition) The Genus Hygrocybe
Wood, E. & Dunkelman, J. (2017) Grassland Fungi: a field guide
Hedger, J. & George, D. (2018) Lundy Fungi: a photographic guide
Harries, D. (2017) A Guide to Waxcaps in West Wales