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Heath Waxcap

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A rather pale and slimy Waxcap found on Heaths or shortly cropped grass, particularly where moss is also growing. There are two forms of Heath Waxcap that can be found in the UK, the more common orange form is shown here, there is a rarer yellow variant.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Heath Waxcap (EN), Cap Cwyr y Rhosydd (CY), Wilgotniczka Jasna (PL), Nyálkás Nedűgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Hygrocybe / Gliophorus laetus
Synonyms Hygrophorus laetus, Hygrocybe laeta
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 2-6
Average Cap width (CM) 1.5-5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


1.5-5 cm. Pale orange to tawny brown. Domed to start with but soon flattening out. The cap develops clear striations in line with the below gills and the edge of the cap can become ragged or toothed.


Pale grey/off white to start with then turning salmon pink. Running down the stem (decurrent) and widely spaced with tiny ‘gills’ or veins running laterally between the gills. The edge of the gills can be slimy.


2-6 cm long, 2-4 mm diameter. The stem is pale orange sometimes with a pink or red apex when older. Quite slimy.


Thin, hollow and pale orange/yellow.


Mainly heaths with short grass and moss but can be found in other grassy habitats.

Possible Confusion

The Meadow Waxcap (Cuphophyllus pratensis) can look similar but is a bigger, more robust mushroom and generally drier feeling than the Heath Waxcap. Also, Parrot Waxcap (Gliophorus psittacinus) could be really variable in colour and sometimes might look rather similar than the orange form of Heath Waxcap.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Can smell of burnt rubber.


Fairly common in the right environment.

Other Facts

Although edible, Waxcaps in general and their environments are becoming rarer so we advise leaving this mushroom to grow in peace.


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