Golden Waxcap - Hygrocybe chlorophana


The cap, initially domed, is yellow and slimy; it becomes broadly umbonate or even flat with age and grows to between 2 and 4 cm in diameter. This Waxcap does not blacken either with age or when bruised. The thin cap flesh is yellow. The gills are adnexed (partly free) broad and fairly distant. The slender stem (stipe) is typically 2 to 3 mm diameter and the same colour as the cap. It is viscid and has no ring; its flesh is yellowish and solid.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

An image of the gills is needed to help identify this species.


Cropped pasture and churchyards

When to see it

Late summer to early winter

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map