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Pink Waxcap

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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 (EN), Ballerina Waxcap, Cap Cwyr Pinc (CY), Stożkownica Czapeczkowata (PL), Rózsaszínű Nedűgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Hygrocybe / Porpolomopsis calyptriformis
Synonyms Hygrocybe calyptriformis, Hygrophorus calyptriformis, Humidicutis calyptriformis
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5-8
Average Cap width (CM) 2-7
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


2-7 cm. Pale to darker pink with a greasy feel. Acutely conical but will flatten out a bit and spit radially with maturity.


Pink becoming pale pink with maturity, fairly widely spaced and free of the stem to slightly joined (adnexed).


5-8 cm tall, 0.5-1 mm wide. White but can have a pink tinge.


In unimproved grassland like fields, pastures and graveyards.

Possible Confusion

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

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.



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.


6 comments for Pink Waxcap

  1. peter bright says:

    11th october 2020, just found a lawn covered in these,, lovely sight

  2. Phil Hall says:

    29/10/20 – found quite a few on a meadow next door to Newton Stewart football club in south west Scotland. I’d post pics but you don’t allow that it seems 🙂

  3. Liz Cole says:

    Just found quite a few in a meadow near Whitland , Carmarthenshire

  4. Mary and Simon says:

    We’ve found three of these today in our mossy and unimproved lawn! Can see why they’re called ballerinas. We live in West Wales too.

  5. Ian says:

    Find lots of these on a large unimproved Cornish field,along with horse mushrooms,shaggy parasols and various other coloured wax caps.

  6. Hugh Welbourn says:

    We have a small 2 acre field that we just hay every year S of Totnes, and having never see them before, is now covered with pink waxcaps. Lovely sight and there are a few other brownish versions as well. Rare?? Not here!

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