Pale waxcap

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Pale waxcap

Post by Heucherella » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:16 pm

Hi, I live on the North Devon coast, where waxcaps are abundant, and also spend a lot of time on Lundy, which has 40 or so species, so I am trying to learn them.

This pale one I am thinking is H. pratensis pallida, rather than H. nivea, as the stipe has the same fibrous look. Am I right, please ?

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17-024 Hygrocybe pratensis pallida.JPG
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Re: Pale waxcap

Post by roy betts » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:08 am

You may be right but it's impossible to tell really from an image; the stipe of virginia (syn. nivea) can be "...somewhat fibrillose in large specimens" (Boertmann).
An indication of size might help (width of cap & stem, length of stem); pratensis var. pallida is more 'chunky' than virginia. Spore size measurements may help also.

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