(Arched Wood Wax)
North America, Europe
Cap 2-7 cm diameter, stem 2.5 - 13 cm tall * 1 - 2 cm thick
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Hygrophorus camarophyllus, also known as Arched Wood Wax, is a medium-sized agaric which is distinct because of the dry, streaked cap, and white, waxy gills that contrast beautifully with the carbon-brown cap and stem. The mushroom grows in mossy pine forests all over Scandinavia.
Cap umbonate and often with a raised boss in center of the cap, carbon-brown to grey-black with dark radial streaks. Gills decurrent, sparse, waxy, starting off white and gradually turning white-grey as they mature. Stem typically brighter at the top compared to the rest of the stem, although this is not always the case, and it generally has a greyish colouration with inwardly growing threads. It is cylindrical or tapers downward and has a solid to somewhat hollow structure. Flesh white, brittle, with a pleasant aroma. Spore print white.
Microscopic Features: The spores have dimensions of 7-9 μm in length and 4-5 μm in width.
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