Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Hygrocybe acutoconica (Clements) Singer

Persistent waxcap

Locally common on grazed pasture, especially on sandy substrates like machair and dune-slacks. A medium-sized to robust species, predominantly yellow but often with orange shades in the cap. The yellow stipe is white at the base and often with orange-red at the apex. Large specimens can have a fibrillose stipe not dissimilar to H. punicea but colour will separate them.

Boertmann, D. (2010 revised second edition) The Genus Hygrocybe
O'Reilly, P. (2016) Fascinated by Fungi
Wood, E. & Dunkelman, J. (2017) Grassland Fungi: a field guide
Harries, D. (2017) A Guide to Waxcaps in West Wales