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Hygrocybe conica var. conica (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. (Blackening Waxcap)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Suggested Literature

Hygrocybe conica var. conica may be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(true fungi)
(spore droppers)
(a class of fungi)
(mushrooms and toadstools)
(waxcaps, waxcap mushrooms)
Gasteromycetes (via Hygrophoraceae) Macromycetes (via Agaricales) Fungi s.l.

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1 feeding and other relationships of Hygrocybe conica var. conica (Blackening Waxcap)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) A very common and widespread waxcap. It has a greater tolerance of disturbance and fertiliser residue than most other waxcaps and is among the first to establish on abandoned fields. It is very variable but always with a +/- conical cap and the entire fruitbody becoming black when handled. Found solitarily or in small groups in grassland, fixed dunes, marshes, deciduous woodland, scrub, roadsides and lawns as well as arctic-alpine grassland, dwarf scrub heaths and riverbanks. Until recently a separate species, Hygrocybe nigrescens, was recognised on the basis of colour and fruitbody and spore size but the distinction is now felt to be untenable.
British records 4127
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