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golden waxcap

Hygrocybe chlorophana


Basidiocarps are agaricoid, up to 100 mm (4 in) tall, the cap convex at first (never conical), becoming flat when expanded, up to 75 mm (3 in) across. The cap surface is smooth, distinctly viscid when damp, bright lemon-yellow to orange-yellow (rarely orange to red). The lamellae (gills) are waxy, pale cap-coloured, and adnexed (narrowly attached to the stipe). The stipe (stem) is smooth, cylindrical or compressed and grooved, cap-coloured, and moist to somewhat viscid when damp. The spore print is white, the spores (under a microscope) smooth, inamyloid, ellipsoid, about 7.5 to 9.0 by 4.0 to 5.5 μm


In Europe, Hygrocybe chlorophana is typical of waxcap grasslands, a declining habitat due to changing agricultural practices.

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PatriciaPi 8 years ago

thank you again injica!

injica 8 years ago

Nice spotting!

PatriciaPi 8 years ago

Muchas gracias arlanda!
la verdad es que no los había visto nunca, y me sorprendió el color tan vivo que tienen!

arlanda 8 years ago

muy chulos!

PatriciaPi 8 years ago

Thank you YukoChartraw for your comment!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful yellow mushroom!

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Benissa, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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