Hygrophorus pustulatus (Grainy Wax Cap)
Europe, North America
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 0.7-1.5 cm thick
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Hygrophorus pustulatus, also known as Grainy Wax Cap, is a small to medium-sized mushroom with greyish-brown cap, white gills, and a stem speckled with tiny brown dots. It grows scattered or in groups on soil under conifers, especially with firs.

Cap at first convex, changing to broadly convex or slightly bell-shaped. It's sticky when fresh, exhibiting a slightly streaked appearance from stretched-out fibres beneath the slime. Once dried, it becomes shiny and ranges in colour from brown to grey-brown, with a lighter hue towards the margin. Gills goes down the stem (decurrent), close or nearly distant, white and waxy. Stem roughly uniform, initially coated with slime in its lower part when very fresh, but quickly drying. It is whitish and covered with tiny fibrous points, particularly on the upper half, which darken to a grayish-brown as the mushroom matures or dries. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: Spores measure 8-11.5 x 4-5.5 ยต, displaying a smooth, ellipsoid shape. They are hyaline in KOH and inamyloid.

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