A small red Waxcap that is fairly easy to identify as it has a scurfy cap unlike most other Waxcaps which have smooth, greasy caps. Being fairly rare and small this beautiful mushroom, although edible, is better to admire and photograph than to pick for any reason.
|Common Names||Vermillion Waxcap (EN), Cap Cwyr Fermiliwn (CY), Wilgotnica Purpurowa (PL), Apró Nedűgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Hygrocybe miniata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||3|
Some of the other small red waxcaps like the Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea), pictured, but these have greasy caps unlike the miniatas scurfy cap.
Taste / Smell
Mushroomy but this mushroom is very small and is best left in the ground.
Waxcaps don’t like to be disturbed or sprayed so will be found where fields and woodland have been left alone.
It is now thought that waxcaps grow in association with mosses, before it was thought that waxcaps were saprophytic living or decaying organic matter.
how do the wax cap mushroom get their energy in the rain forest
Mushrooms don’t require light to grow and the ground in a rain forest contains lots of organic matter.