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.
|Common Names||Heath Waxcap|
|Scientific Name||Hygrocybe / Gliophorus laetus|
|Synonyms||Hygrophorus laetus, Hygrocybe laeta|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||4|
|Average Cap width (CM)||3|
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. Decurrent and widely spaced with tiny ‘gills’ or veins running laterally between the gills. The edge of the gills can be slimy.
The Meadow Waxcap can look similar but is a bigger, more robust mushroom and generally drier feeling than the Heath Waxcap. Also, Parrot Waxcap could be really variable in colour and sometimes might look rather similar than the orange form of Heath Waxcap.
Taste / Smell
Can smell of burnt rubber.
Fairly common in the right environment.
Although edible, Waxcaps in general and their environments are becoming rarer so we advise leaving this mushroom to grow in peace.