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Hygrocybe virginea

Hygrocybe virginea

Common Name: Snowy Waxcap

Synonyms: Hygrophorus virgineus; Camarophyllus virgineus

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwoods 

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White


This is a small, all-white mushroom that grows from the forest floor. It should have gills that run slightly down the stem and a waxy feel to the cap.


Hygrophorus eberneus is similar, but has a slimy cap and stem. Hygrocybe borealis (Camarophyllus borealis; Hygrophorus borealis) may or may not be a separate species, but you would need a microscope to separate it out. Several Clitocybe species can be similar but are usually larger. These would include Clitocybe robusta and Clitocybe irina


Hygrocybe virginea 

10/3/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Hygrocybe virginea

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