Blotched Woodwax

Hygrophorus eburneus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Blotched Woodwax Hygrophorus eburneus (Bull.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–7cm across, convex, becoming flattened; pure white, no reaction with KOH; slimy. Stem 40–70×5–10mm, tapering towards the base; white; slimy, covered in mealy granules near the apex when young. Flesh white; thick at centre of cap; taste and smell faint but pleasant. Gills decurrent; white. Spores 6–8×4–5¼, broadly ellipsoid. Spore print white. Habitat amongst leaf litter in woodland, especially with beech; autumn. Occasional. Edible but not recommended, too slimy.

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