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, but older specimens become paler. The thin cap flesh is yellow. The gills are narrowly attached to the stipe (adnate or adnexed/partly free).  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.

Similar Species

The Butter Waxcap (Hygrocybe ceracea) has a greasy, not a sticky, cap, and broadly adnate/slightly decurrent gills.  There are other yellow waxcaps with slimy or sticky caps.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Your notes must state the texture (sticky/greasy/dry) of cap and stipe and photos should show gills as well as cap


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


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Species profile

Common names
Golden Waxcap
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/11/2004 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
18/11/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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