Nitrous Waxcap

Hygrocybe nitrata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Nitrous Waxcap Hygrocybe nitrata (Pers.) Wünsche syn. Hygrophorus nitratus (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1.5–8cm across, convex then expanded; light sepia to date-brown, often yellow-brown at margin when fresh, drying pallid. Stem 30–100×3–12mm; creamy, pallid, darkening towards the base. Flesh whitish-cream; taste foul, soapy, smell nitrous. Gills whitish-cream at first, becoming tinged with cap colour. Spores 7–10×4.5–5.5¼. Spore print white. Habitat amongst grass; late summer. Occasional. Not edible. Note Boertmann (1995) says this picture shows Hygrocybe ingrata Jensen & Møll.

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