Pink Waxcap

Hygrocybe calyptriformis


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Pink Waxcap Hygrocybe calyptriformis (Berk.) Fayod syn. Hygrophorus calyptriformis (Berk.) Berk. & Broome (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 3–6cm across, acutely conical, expanding and splitting radially; dusky pink when moist, drying whitish-pink. Stem 60–120Γ—8–10mm; white, sometimes flushed pink at apex; brittle, often splitting longitudinally. Flesh pink in cap, white in stem; taste mild, smell not distinctive. Gills pale pink. Spores 6–8Γ—4.5–6ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print white. Habitat amongst grass in pastures and on heaths; autumn. Frequent. Edible but not worthwhile.

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