Meadow Waxcap - Hygrocybe pratensis


The 3 to 8 cm cap is a tawny or pinky-orange colour and waxy, with gills and stipe a couple of shades lighter. The gills are slightly decurrent (running down the stem)

Identification difficulty

It can be found in fields, pastures and areas of grassland that have not had too much interference.

When to see it

Late summer and autumn

Life History

Often occurs in groups.

UK Status

Infrequent but 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