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Pink Waxcap (Porpolomopsis calyptriformis) Identification 

Pink Waxcap / Autumn / Winter / Edible

Scientific Name

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis


Common Names

Pink Waxcap, Ballerina Waxcap


Family

Hygrophoraceae


Habitat

They are found in unimproved fields and pasture, verges and church yards.


Description 

One of the rarest and most beautiful fungi in the UK. It was only removed from the Red Endangered List in 2006. Quite easy to ID but they should be photographed and left untouched.


Identifying Features:

Cap:

They are very convex when young they flatten out with age and tend to split at the edge. They tend to only be slimy when young and wet and they can be up to 6cm across. The flesh white with a slight pink tinge. They are normally found between September and December.


Stem

White with a pink tinge, smooth, hollow and up to 5cm long.

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Gills

Pink when young becoming paler with age. They are adnate and fairly widely spaced.

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Smell:

No strong smell.


Spores:

White


Uses

In food

They are edible but due to habitat loss and changes in land use, Waxcaps are getting rarer and rarer. I personally don’t eat them for this reason and the fact that they are pretty insubstantial.


Known hazards

None known.


Potential lookalikes

They are the only pink Waxcap with a pointed cap.


Extra Notes from the Foragers

For a long time it was thought that Waxcaps were saprotrophic feeding on the dead root systems of grass. Modern research suggests that they have a symbiotic relationship with mosses.


Reference:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/waxcap/index.shtml

https://www.first-nature.com/fungi/porpolomopsis-calyptriformis.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porpolomopsis_calyptriformis

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