Scientific Name: Hygrocybe conica (Hygrophoraceae). 'Hygrocybe' means 'watery head', 'conica' means 'conical'. Syn Hygrophorus conicus.
English Name: Blackening Waxcap; Witch's Hat; Conical Waxcap; Conical Slimy Cap (Waxcap family).
French Name: L'Hygrophore conique (='the conical watery').
5 Key Characters:
- caps turn black with age.
- easy to see as their orange and black colouration stands out against their green moss and grass background.
- very variable in colour and form but cap usually conical and coloured black and orange.
- always appears wet or greasy.
- very long lasting, even after they have turned black.
Lookalikes: Other Hygrocybe spp turn black, but they don't last long.
Habitat: Moist shady road and track sides where there is moss and the grass is short. They only occur on 'unimproved' land with low nutrient content.
Fruiting Period: July-August-September-October-November.
Status: Very common (one of the most two most common waxcaps). Not considered edible.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|Trackside in the Forêt de Preuilly.|
|In the Forêt de Preuilly.|