Rosy Woodwax

Hygrophorus pudorinus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Rosy Woodwax Hygrophorus pudorinus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 5–12cm across, convex to nearly flat with a broad umbo, margin inrolled; pale tan to pinkish-buff; smooth and sticky, margin downy. Stem 40–100Γ—8–20mm; white, tinged pink, with distinctive tufts of hair at the top, becoming reddish with age, turning orange-yellow with KOH; dry, solid. Flesh white, tinged pink; thick, firm; taste unpleasant, like turpentine, smell none or faintly fragrant. Gills subdecurrent, distant, narrow; white, tinged with buff or pale salmon; waxy. Spores 6.5–9Γ—4–5.5ΒΌ, ellipsoid; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous woods on calcareous soil, often in boggy places; late summer to autumn. Very rare. Not edible because of the unpleasant taste.

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