Honey Waxcap - Hygrocybe reidii
Height: ~ 30 mm. Bright, scarlet red, dry, conical cap with a slightly scalloped margin. Waxy, pale yellow, distant gills with short gills that were broadly attached to the stipe. The stipe was red, dry, bald, equal, and had a white base. The mushroom had a sweet scent - like honey.
Growing out of fallen, rotting birch in a mostly deciduous forest.
''Hygrocybe reidii'', commonly known as the honey waxcap, is a mushroom of the waxcap genus ''Hygrocybe''. It was published by Robert Kühner in 1976, with the specific epithet honouring British mycologist Derek Reid. It is based on a species originally published as ''Hygrophorus marchii'' by Giacomo Bresadola in 1928, but with an insufficiently precise description, which later led to conflicting interpretations about the species concept. In 1969, Reid gave a precise description of the fungus common.. more