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Snowy Waxcap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

A common and tasty Waxcap but it still prefers undisturbed and untreated land although seems more tolerant than other Waxcaps.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Snowy Waxcap
Scientific Name Cuphophyllus virgineus
Synonyms Hygrocybe virginea
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6
Average Cap width (CM) 4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

White to ivory white. Starting convex but soon flattening and becoming depressed in the middle. As the cap matures the colour generally goes from white to ivory to almost grey/brown.

Gills

The gills are white, widely spaced and decurrent (running down the stem). There are veins or very small gills running at right angles between the main gills.

Stem

Tapering a bit towards the base and quite often curved.

Flesh

Thin except for the centre of the cap.

Habitat

In short grass in fields, meadows or commons that have not been intensely farmed.

Possible Confusion

The Clitocybe rivulosa/dealbata, pictured, can look similar but the gills of the rivulosa/dealbata are quite crowded and not toothed and they tend to grow in different seasons but care should always be taken when foraging for white mushrooms.

Spore Print

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

Taste / Smell

Good, mushroomy.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

Care should always be applied when foraging for mushrooms with a white cap, white gills and a white stem as some of the most poisonous mushrooms in the UK are white all over.

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