The sliminess of this Waxcap makes it both easy to identify but very hard to handle. Due to it being covered in slime it in considered inedible.
|Common Names||Slimy Waxcap|
|Scientific Name||Hygrocybe / Gliophorus irrigatus|
|Synonyms||Hygrocybe irrigata, Hygrocybe unguinosa, Hygrophorus irrigatus, Gliophorus unquinosus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||3|
Covered in slime and grey to grey/brown, can sometimes be quite pale. Starting conical but partly flattening out.
The gills are widely spaced and notched before becoming slightly decurrent. There are transverse ‘gills’ running between the main gills.
Other grey waxcaps but these will not be covered in slime. The Slimy Waxcap has no distinctive smell.
White. Ellipsoid to oval.
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.