Vermilion Waxcap - Hygrocybe miniata

    Description

    A small, bright red, or red-orange mushroom. The cap is typically 1 to 3cm in diameter. Gills are reddish with pale yellow edges, sometimes with a decurrent tooth; broad and fairly distant.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Considered an indicator of high quality unimproved grassland, where artificial fertilisers are not spread.

    When to see it

    Usually a species of late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread but rather local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in suitable locations in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map