Butter Waxcap

Hygrocybe ceracea

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Butter Waxcap Hygrocybe ceracea (Wulfen) P. Kumm. syn. Hygrophorus ceraceus (Wulfen) Fr. (illustrated 80% life size) Cap 1–2.5cm across, convex, becoming flattened; deep yellow to pale orange, faintly striate at the margin; greasy. Stem 25–50×2–4mm, narrowing towards the base; concolorous with cap, the base sometimes covered in fine, white down; dry, becoming hollow. Flesh yellow; thin; taste and smell distinctive. Gills adnate-decurrent and connected by veins, yellow with a paler edge. Spores 5.5–7×3¼, ellipsoid. Spore print white. Habitat in short grass in pastureland and on lawns; autumn. Common. Edible.