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Hygrocybe quieta (Kühner) Singer (Oily Waxcap)

Sets of Photographs

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

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Hora, F.B. & Orton, P.D., 1955 Three new British Agaric records

Hygrocybe quieta may also be covered by literature listed under:

BIOTA
(living things)
Eukaryota
(eukaryotes)
FUNGI S.S.
(true fungi)
BASIDIOMYCOTA
(spore droppers)
AGARICOMYCETES
(a class of fungi)
AGARICALES
(mushrooms and toadstools)
Hygrocybe
(waxcaps, waxcap mushrooms)
Gasteromycetes (via Hygrophoraceae) Macromycetes (via Agaricales) Fungi s.l.

BioInfo BioInfo (www.bioinfo.org.uk) has 2 feeding and other relationships of Hygrocybe quieta (Oily Waxcap)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) A large yellow waxcap, which makes your hands smell of bugs after handling it. It is found in unfertilised grassland as well as frondose woodland and scrub, especially Hazel (*Corylus*).
British records 1198
Diagnostic features Best recognised by the dry cap and stem which are yellow or orange-yellow, and generally distinct orange when you peer between the gills.

It has a weak oily smell ("bed bugs" - like Lactarius quietus), but if you firmly squeeze the cap margin and gills between your fingers then rub your fingers together, after a few seconds it gets much stronger. There seems to be a reaction with human skin/sweat. (Thanks to Geoffrey Kibby for this tip)
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