Crimson Waxcap Hygrocybe punicea (Fries) P. Kummer  


Found solitary or in groups on ground / leaf litter in forests.


Cap: Deep red becoming paler in age; conic to uplifted; viscid to smooth, greasy; yellow-orange flesh. Gills: Yellow to red-orange, often with yellow edges, waxy. Stalk: Various shades of yellow or orange, smooth, sometimes compressed; base may be white; splits lengthwise. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 4 records in the project database.

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Crimson Waxcap (mature fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (12/9/2015). Note rose-red gills with yellow edges. Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Crimson Waxcap (assorted fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (12/9/2015). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Crimson Waxcap specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (12/9/2015). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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