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Hygrocybe ceracea
butter waxcap, golden yellow waxgill

Distribution: Northern Hemisphere

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Hygrocybe ceracea is distinguished by the small, yellow to golden orange fruitbodies, caps that are viscid at first, gills that are adnate to slightly decurrent, and dry stipe colored like the cap or paler. Although not emphasized in most descriptions, our collections were markedly hygrophanous. We have collected this species repeatedly at one site in Seattle in a mossy lawn. It is widespread in Europe, but not well known in North America.

Accepted Name:
Hygrocybe ceracea (Fr.) P. Kumm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hygrocybe ceracea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Hygrocybe ceracea photos.

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