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Meadow Waxcap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

A fairly large, tasty mushroom that is common and can be found quite late in the year.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Meadow Waxcap
Scientific Name Cuphophyllus pratensis
Synonyms Hygrocybe pratensis
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex to flat to having upturned edges with a wide umbo and thick flesh. Tawny orange to buff. A bit waxy looking and feeling. The cap can crack deeply with age.

Gills

Gills cream to orange/straw coloured. Thick waxy and running down the stem. Quite widely spaced.

Stem

Off-white to salmon. Stout and tapering slightly towards the base. Can become hollow with age.

Flesh

White becoming pale cap coloured.

Habitat

Grassland and pasture. Grows in groups or troops or sometimes individually.

Spore Print

White to cream. Ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. This is the best in the family for edibility having both a good taste and thick flesh.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

One of the commonest Waxcaps with large mushrooms and a good taste so one for the table.

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