Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Hygrocybe conica (Schaeff.) P. Kumm.

Blackening Waxcap

A common species, quite variable in colour from almost scarlet to yellow, blackening with age or bruising. Pronounced conical cap with a pale yellow stipe. Can easily be confused with the similar Hygrocybe conicoides, especially in its prefered habitat of coastal dune slacks

Boertmann (2010) The Genus Hygrocybe
O'Reilly (2016) Fascinated by Fungi
Wood & Dunkelman (2017) Grassland Fungi: a field guide