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Meadow Waxcap

Cuphophyllus pratensis group


Cream to peach-colored mushrooms growing at the base of an oak (in moss). Pilei are dry and smooth. Older specimens are slightly depressed while younger specimens have a more convex shape. All pilei are slightly convoluted. Gill surface is cream to pale orange and slightly decurrent. Stipe is smooth, white, and sturdy. Spore print is white. Cuphophyllus pratensis is widely distributed but is primarily found in temperate areas. Wax caps are neither mycorrhizal nor saprotrophic in nature, but recent research points to a possible relationship with mosses.


Growing in leaf litter/soil under an oak tree at the base of a steep ridge in a dense mixed hardwood/pine forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US. Surrounded by moss.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Dec 2, 2017
Submitted on Dec 25, 2017

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