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Hygrocybe miniata

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


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.


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


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