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Hygrocybe cuspidata - Candy-apple Waxy Cap Small, conical red-orange Hygrocybe mushroom with yellow-orange (dry and slightly ridged) stipe. A little dried out from the lack of rain. <br />
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Hygrocybe cuspidata - Candy-apple Waxy Cap

Small, conical red-orange Hygrocybe mushroom with yellow-orange (dry and slightly ridged) stipe. A little dried out from the lack of rain.

Habitat:
Base of ridge in dense mixed hardwood forest. Surrounded by mulch.

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This gorgeous waxy cap might best be described as a non-blackening version of Hygrocybe conica--or as a red version of the orange or yellow species Hygrocybe acutoconica. Its sharply pointed cap is scarlet red and sticky when fresh and young; its stem is dry, and ranges from reddish to yellow.

According to some mycologists (e.g. Boertmann, 2000), Hygrocybe cuspidata should not be treated as distinct from Hygrocybe acutoconica, since it differs only in color. Smith and Hesler (1963) treated.. more

Similar species: Gilled Mushrooms
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jan 4, 2018. Captured Aug 26, 2017 09:07 in 233 Hopewell Dr, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm