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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Hygrocybe conica

Blackening Waxcap

Walking round the National Botanic Gardens today, Peter Williams spotted one of these in the grass close to the Great Glasshouse. 
When we looked further there was a whole troop of fb's in varying stages of blackening.
Looking at the older specimens it was easy to see how they got their other common name which is the Witches Hat.

PS The species used to be known as Hygrocybe nigrescens -  yet another name change to learn!

1 comment:

  1. Not just a grassland species either as sometimes found in woodland ---- Mynydd Mawr woodland park, Green Castle woods.