Parrot Waxcap - Hygrocybe psittacina

    Description

    Cap 2 to 4 cm. Initially green, the bell-shaped cap expands and turns yellow, sometimes with an orange tinge and often having a very slimy surface . The thick, waxy gills are distant and only partly attached to the stalk (stipe). The stipe is also yellow tinged green near to the cap. Spore print white. Spores ellipsoidal to ovoid, smooth, 7.5-9.5 x 4-6µm, with a large apical pore.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Roadside verges, cropped grassland and woodland clearings.

    When to see it

    August to November.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map