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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:

(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 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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