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Hygrocybe cantharellus

Hygrocybe cantharellus

Common Name: Waxy Chanterelle


Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White


There are several species that are very similar to this, but for field ID's lets make it as simple as possible. First look for a small red-orange mushroom growing from the ground. The cap should have a waxy feel to it, placing it in Hygrocybe. Finally, if the gills are decurrent, or running down the stem, then you have your ID. 


If the gills do not run down the stem, call it Hygrocybe miniata. If the cap is slightly fiberous, then call it Hygrocybe squamulosa.


Hygrocybe cantharellus

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN

Hygrocybe cantharellus

6/5/10 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN