Conical Waxy Cap

Hygrocybe conica

Conical Waxy Cap, Hygrocybe conica

Conical Waxy Cap is also called witch’s hat, and for good reason.  Note the pointed tip on this colorful “waxcap” mushroom.  These photos show a small witch’s hat as it first appears, and then a fully developed one.  The mushroom cap is yellow-orange to scarlet red. It has waxy gills and produces a white spore print. All parts of this mushroom bruise black.

This mushroom can be found in summer and fall growing on the forest floor. It feeds on decaying organic matter.

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