Snowy waxcap by Stephen Pinnington 1/2
Snowy waxcap by James Emerson 2/2

Snowy Waxcap Hygrocybe virginea

The snowy waxcap is one of 50 species of waxcap that can be found in the UK. So named due to their slippery looking caps and gills, these fungi are often associated with unimproved grassland.

Conservation status

Common. The snowy waxcap is more common and widespread than other waxcaps, and due to being able to tolerate a slightly higher soil fertility it can recolonise an area quicker than other species

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Waxcaps are sometimes described as the 'orchids' of the fungi world because of their bright and varied colouration.

The waxcap group of fungi are especially abundant in undisturbed grasslands: in the best sites, up to 30 species may grow within a one-hectare area.

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