Conical Waxy Cap

Hygrocybe conica

Hygrocybe conica (witches hat)
Conical Waxy Cap or Witches’ Hat

Conical Waxy Cap is also called witch’s hat, and for good reason.  Note the pointed tip on this colorful “waxcap” mushroom that makes it look like a little witches’ hat.  The mushroom cap varies in color from yellow-orange to scarlet red. The gills also vary from white to orange to red. It has waxy gills and produces a white spore print. All parts of this mushroom bruise black immediately upon handling. The stem is quite brittle. See the photo gallery below.

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

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