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Vermillion Waxcap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn

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.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Vermillion Waxcap
Scientific Name Hygrocybe miniata
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5
Average Cap width (CM) 3
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Has a dry, scurfy cap that starts red but fades to orange yellow with age.

Gills

Pale yellow widely spaced gills which can have an orange or red hue.

Stem

Concolourous with the cap and smooth.

Flesh

The flesh is thin and off white.

Habitat

In pastures, fields with short grass and open woodland.

Possible Confusion

Some of the other small red waxcaps but these have greasy caps unlike the miniatas scurfy cap.

Spore Print

White, ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy but this mushroom is very small and is best left in the ground.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

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 saprophobic living on decaying organic matter.

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