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
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    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.

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