Blackening Waxcap - Hygrocybe conica

    Alternative names
    Hygrocybe nigrescens

    Small (5cm) and conical, starting off orange or red but soon turning black with age.

    Identification difficulty

    This is a grassland fungus often found in short turf, even lawns.

    When to see it

    It can be found from late summer into autumn, particularly after rain.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map