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Hygrocybe flavescens

Hygrocybe flavescens

Common Name: Golden Waxy Cap

Synonyms: Hygrophorus flavescens, Hygrocybe chlorophana

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood or Conifer Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Light Orange or Yellow


First look for the yellow-orange cap and stem. The cap should be slimy if the specimen is fresh. Found growing on the the forest floor in the spring to the fall. 


Depending on the author, Hygrocybe chlorophana is a synonym. Most differentiate it by lack of orange tones to the cap, whiteish stalk base, and/or a slimy stipe. Hygrocybe persistens has a more pointed cap. 


Hygrocybe flavescens

4/17/12 - Griffy Reservoir - Bloomington, IN - Both stem and cap viscid.