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Waxy Cap

Hygrocybe sp.


Vibrant red to orange-capped mushrooms growing in leaf debris and moss. Pilei (caps) are waxy to moist (not slimy), while gills are a pale yellow color. Gills are also notched and exhibit lamellulae. Stipes are long, yellow, and slightly damp; no oiliness is present. 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 and moss on the side of a ridge in a dense mixed hardwood/pine forest. Northwest Georgia. Nearby oaks.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

I don't either - such fabulous colors!

flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Christine! <3 I never get tired of Waxy caps!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Very pretty. I love the 4th shot of them growing amidst the moss.

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69

Spotted on Nov 4, 2017
Submitted on Dec 8, 2017

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