Splendid Waxcap - Hygrocybe splendidissima

    Description

    Cap 5 to10cm across; initially conical, becoming shallowly convex or flattening, usually with a broad umbo; scarlet; smooth; dry or only very slightly greasy. A striking fungus when fresh, quite similar to Crimson Waxcap (Hygrocybe punicea).  Splendid Waxcap can be distinguished by its dry cap, the smell of honey that is given off when the fruitbodies are dried and it usually has a twisted stem that is slightly or markedly flattened , particularly near to the base, whereas the stem of Hygrocybe punicea is more or less round.

    Similar Species

    Similar to Crimson Waxcap (Hygrocybe punicea). Splendid Waxcap can be distinguished by its dry cap, the smell of honey that is given off when the fruitbodies are dried and it usually has a twisted stem that is slightly or markedly flattened , particularly near to the base, whereas the stem of Hygrocybe punicea is more or less round.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Closely cropped or mown grassland where artificial fertilisers are not spread. Often in damper areas. 

    When to see it

    August to November in Britain and Ireland.

    Life History

    Usually occurs in small groups rather than singly.

    UK Status

    Local and infrequent in many parts of Britain and Ireland, but there are several damp grassland and moorland sites in West Wales, in northern England, and in Scotland where it is more common.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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