Ivory Woodwax

Hygrophorus erubescens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Ivory Woodwax Hygrophorus erubescens (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex, becoming flatter and broadly umbonate, margin incurved; whitish or flesh-coloured with a pink tinge, the normally darker disc made up of purple-pink scales or fibres; margin minutely woolly, often with beaded drops of moisture. Stem 40–70×6–12mm; top white, lower part pale reddish, sometimes bruising yellow; scaly and covered with minute fibres, at first beaded with drops of moisture. Flesh white, staining yellowish when bruised; thick on the disc; taste bitter, smell not distinctive. Gills adnate to decurrent, subdistant, moderately broad; white, tending to pinkish. Spores 6.4–7.7×4.1–5.2¼, ellipsoid; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous or mixed woods, often on calcareous soil; autumn. Occasional. Not edible.