Mushroom identification


Hygrophorus is a genus in the family Hygrophoraceae, known as "woodwaxes" in the UK or "waxy caps" in North America. The caps of most species are smooth and become viscid to glutinous when damp, though not all exhibit this trait. The lamellae beneath the cap are typically distant, thick, waxy, and broadly attached or decurrent. All species are ground-dwelling and ectomycorrhizal, forming associations with living trees, and are typically found in woodland habitats. Approximately 100 species are recognized worldwide.

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Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very difficult to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. Because of that, we strongly advise against consuming wild mushrooms, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of mushrooms.

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