Vermilion Waxcap - Hygrocybe miniata


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

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


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

UK Map