Jubilee waxcap (Hygrocybe / Gliophorus reginae) -Identification

Jubilee Waxcap / Autumn / Winter / Inedible

(Photos A, B: R.D. Foster. C,D: R. Winnall. E,F: A.M. Ainsworth. G, H: D.J. Harries) Ainsworth A, Cannon P, Dentinger B (2013) DNA barcoding and morphological studies reveal two new species of waxcap mushrooms (Hygrophoraceae) in Britain. MycoKeys 7: 45-62. https://doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.7.5860, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Scientific Name

Hygrocybe / Gliophorus reginae


Family

Hygrophoraceae


Habitat

On untended grasslands, like fields and pastures or graveyards also known to occur in damp open woods.


Description

This striking lilac to pink slimy waxcap is very rare and shouldn’t be picked but photographed in situ. It like many other waxcaps prefers open fields to the woodland and prefers land that has not been treated or regularly mowed. There is nothing you could mix this waxcap up with as its colours make it incredibly recognisable.


Identifying Features for Jubilee Waxcap:

(Photos A, B: R.D. Foster. C,D: R. Winnall. E,F: A.M. Ainsworth. G, H: D.J. Harries) Ainsworth A, Cannon P, Dentinger B (2013) DNA barcoding and morphological studies reveal two new species of waxcap mushrooms (Hygrophoraceae) in Britain. MycoKeys 7: 45-62. https://doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.7.5860, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Cap:

Pink a violet/purple the cap is very slimy and convex but will begin to flatten with age retaining an umbo or boss in the centre.


Stem:

The pale pink stem is slimy.


Gills:

Pink with pale greys and browns and are widely spaced. There are present transverse ‘gills’ running between the main gills. The gills are not slimy.


Smell:

Indistinct mushroom smell


Spores:

White spores


Uses

This mushroom is deemed inedible and has no medicinal benefits


In food

This is an inedible mushroom and is also very slimy which makes them not only hard to pick but difficult to cook and make palatable.


Harvesting

This is found from September to December. however, this is inedible and is also quite rare due to habitat loss. It is best to leave this mushroom in situ.


Known hazards

This mushroom is deemed inedible. it is also incredibly slimy!


Potential lookalikes

There is really nothing that looks like this mushroom it is very distinctive. So you shouldn’t mix this up with any other mushroom.

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