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Golden Waxycap

Hygrocybe flavescens


Mushrooms with bright (neon) yellow pilei that are slick to slightly sticky. Gills are white to pale yellow and notched. Lamellulae are present. Stipe is yellow, moist, and somewhat translucent. Spore print is white. Hygrocybe species (waxy caps) are primarily ground-dwelling and non-saprotrophic. This means that they do not obtain their nutrients from decaying organic matter. Recent research points to a possible symbiotic relationship with mosses.


Growing in leaf debris at the base of a ridge in a dense mixed hardwood/pine forest. Northwest Georgia.

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1 Comment

flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Mark! The color was wonderful!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Nice series. Sure is a distinctive yellow.

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69

Spotted on Nov 14, 2017
Submitted on Nov 22, 2017

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