Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Hygrophoraceae

Cuphophyllus pratensis (Fr.) Bon (1985)

Meadow Waxcap

One of the commonest waxcaps on unimproved pasture. A rich peachy orange when fresh, fading to a dull peach and finally quite washed-out (but still retaining enough peachy colour for identification purposes). A species that is not sticky and has gills running down the stipe (decurrent; more obvious in older specimens)