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Hygrocybe punicea is a is a colourful member of the genus Hygrocybe, the waxcaps. Originally described as Hygrophorus puniceus, it is the largest member of the genus.Scarlet Waxy Cap that can be recognized by a large waxcap with an initially bell-shaped, and later flattening, cap 4–10 cm across and blood- to dark red in colour. The gills are thick and widely spaced, yellow red in colour. It was spotted in the forest near Milies train station, Pelion mountain, Greece.