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Hygrocybe miniata
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Hygrocybe miniata

Common Name: Fading Scarlet Waxy Cap

Synonyms: Hygrophorous miniatus

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood or Conifer Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Light Orange or Yellow

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 attached to the stem, not running down the stem.

Lookalikes:  

If the gills run down the stem, call it Hygrocybe cantharellus. If the cap is slightly fiberous, then call it Hygrocybe squamulosa.

Pictures:

Hygrocybe miniata

9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN

Hygrocybe miniata

9/30/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Hygrocybe miniata

9/24/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN