Hygrocybe virginea - Snowy Waxcap
Waxcaps are lovely fungi to come across. Usually to be found in grass, they vary in colour from scarlet, canary yellow, orange and pink to white. The Snowy Waxcap then is a very apt name for this simple, waxy white fungus. The small group I found at Wollaton Park, Nottingham were at their prime. The waxy texture was lovely to touch, cool and the structure was quite exquisite - particularly the very decurrent gill structure. There is a purity about this fungus.
|Cap showing striate markings near the margin|
|Showing very decurrent gills and slightly bent stem|
Characteristics: cap up to 3 cm across, eventually flattening. With age it becomes more ivory than white and it striate when damp. The gills are very decurrent, whitish and well spaced. The stem is also white, slightly bent and tapers towards the base. To be found in short grass near open woodland. Very common.