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Hygrocybe cantharellus
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Hygrocybe cantharellus

Common Name: Waxy Chanterelle

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

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. 

Lookalikes:  

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

Pictures:

Hygrocybe cantharellus

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

Hygrocybe cantharellus

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