Meadow Waxcap

Scientific Name: 

Hygrocybe pratensis var. pratensis

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A medium-sized fungus with a tawny-orange cap that has a waxy feel, found growing in fairly widespread troops on soil among short grass in pastures and meadows.

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Cap Diameter (mm): 

30-80mm

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Stem Height (mm): 

20-50mm

Stem Diameter (mm): 

10-15mm

Distribution: 

Frequent from late Summer to Autumn.

Habitat: 

On soil in unimproved grassland. Rarely on calcareous loam soils in scrub woodland, often associated with Corylus and Fraxinus in such situations.

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Convex initially, becoming flattened and broadly umbonate with age, tawny buff with orange or ochraceous tinges, finally unevenly wavy, cap crazed when dry, waxy.

Flesh: 

Cap flesh is thick, ochraceous, especially at the centre, stem flesh is buff, stuffed. Odour and taste not distinctive.

Gills: 

Deeply decurrent, broad and distant, pallid buff or straw coloured.

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Stem: 

Tapering slightly downwards, stout, concolorous with the cap but slightly paler, smooth, ring absent.

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Edible.

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