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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Hygrocybe vitellina

Despite having an area of unimproved pasture in the woods, I rarely come across many Waxcaps. The only species which appears with any regularity is the little Butter Waxcap - Hygrocybe ceracea.
However this year some new species have started to appear. Last month I found the beautiful Ballerina Waxcap - Hygrocybe calyptriformis which is a Red Data List species (a specimen made up part of the display at the Botanic Gardens last month).
Then today I came across  another species. At first glance it could easily have been mistaken for yet another Butter waxcap, however a closer inspection revealed it had decurrent gills. Using Gareth Griffiths excellent online key, it comes out as   Hygrocybe vitellina  (no common name).

If this carries on I am going to have to start getting interested in Waxcaps!

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