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Toadstool  Blackening Wax Caps

Blackening Wax Caps - Photo  Copyright 2004 Steve Botham
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying fungi with the illustrated ID chart called "The Fungi Name Trail" in the Nature Shop - click here


Latin name: Hygrocybe nigrescens

Size: Cap approximately 3 to 5cms across.

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK.

Months seen: July to November 

Habitat: Found in fields and woods.

Special features: The colour of this fungi can vary from deep red to yellowy-orange. It has a deeply lobed conical cap, which is sometimes pointed at the top. The stem is creamy-yellow to orange. The whole mushroom turns black, like charcoal, with age.

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