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PARROT WAXCAP

Hygrocybe psittacina

Family [Hygrophoraceae]

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20th Sept 2009, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
Growing singly amidst grass.


20th Sept 2009, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
Only a few mushrooms have yellowish-greenish gills, the greenish colour may also fade to creamish-yellow.


20th Sept 2009, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
The mushroom has a two-toned cap, brownish at the apex, and buff-coloured towards the periphery. There can be a raised dimple near the centre.


20th Sept 2009, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
The gills are fairly widely separated. The stem can be greenish or fawn.


A common mushroom. Grows in cropped grassland in summer and autumn, it reappears in the same place for many years. So called because the top (stype) has a wet-look waxy sheen that is slimy in wet weather..

There are two varieties of Parrot Waxcap, Hydrocybe psittacina var. psittacina and Hydrocybe psittacina var. parplexa which was once thought to be a different species altogether. Displaying various shades of green, orange and yellow, they are as colourful as Parrots, hence the common name. They start of very green, but that is gradually replaced by graded shades yellow and orange, leaving just a remnant green somewhere.


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genus8Hydrocybe
Hygrocybe
(Waxcaps)

PARROT WAXCAP

Hydrocybe psittacina

Family [Hygrophoraceae]