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Pink Meadow Waxcap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

This is a rare and beautiful mushroom and is easy to identify with it’s sharply conical top and pink colouring so should be left alone to grow when found and only admired or photographed.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Pink Meadow Waxcap, Ballerina
Scientific Name Porpolomopsis calyptriformis
Synonyms Hygrocybe calyptraeformis
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Pale to darker pink with a greasy feel. Acutely conical but flattening out and spitting radially.

Gills

Pink becoming pale pink with maturity, fairly widely spaced.

Stem

White but can have a pink tinge.

Habitat

In unimproved grassland like fields and pastures.

Possible Confusion

The very rare Jubilee Waxcap can look similar but is a deeper pink/purple, is not as sharply conical as the Pink Meadow Waxcap and the cap and stem are covered in slime.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.

Frequency

Rare.

Other Facts

This is a rare mushroom so should NOT be picked, it is also reported as not worth while in taste in some books. 
Although rare it is most often found in Western England and Wales.
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.

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