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Hygrocybe miniata

Hygrocybe miniata
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 10:55
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Hygrocybe miniata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Hygrocybe miniata, commonly known as the vermilion waxcap, is a small, bright red, or red-orange mushroom of the waxcap genus Hygrocybe. It is a cosmopolitan species, that is found worldwide. In Europe, it is found in fields, on sandy heaths, or grassy commons in the autumn (fall). It is found in rainforest and eucalypt forest as well as heathland in Australia.


Hygrocybe miniata was first described by Swedish mycologist Elias Magnus Fries as Agaricus miniatus in 1821, before being renamed by the same author in 1838 as Hygrophorus miniatus. German mycologist Paul Kummer then assigned it to the genus Hygrocybe in 1871. The specific name miniata comes from ‘miniat’, which means "painted with red lead".


The cap is convex initially, but later flattens and becomes depressed with a wavy edges. The centre of mature fruiting bodies is noticeably scurfy, or scaly. This is a feature that is best seen on dry specimens, that have not been rained on. The cap colour is scarlet-orange with a yellow striate margin, and is 0.5–3.5 cm in diameter. The bare stem is often long, (up to 3 times the cap diameter) and tapering towards the base, with a tendency to flatten. It is the same colour as the cap, or slightly paler, with a white base. The gills are orange, adnate (with a broad attachment to the stem) or slightly decurrent; widely spaced, and somewhat notched. The flesh is orange, and is devoid of any odour. The spore print is white, and the ellipsoid spores measure 7–9 x 4–5 μm.
A very similar species (only recently described) H. helobi (Arnolds) Bon; appears earlier in the season, prefers less acidic soils, and smells of garlic.

Distribution and habitat

Hygrocybe miniata is a cosmopolitan species, having been recorded in most of the temperate zones. It has been collected from Britain, Europe, America[2], and the equivalent zones in the Southern Hemisphere such as eastern and southern Australia, where it has been recorded from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
In Britain it appears in autumn (fall), particularly in frost free periods, and prefers sandy heaths, grassy clearings, or unimproved fields. It is often seen in the company of mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella).
In Australia, it can be found in temperate to subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest as well as heathland. Fruiting bodies may appear in groups among the leaf litter from January to June.


Edible, but of no consequence

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-12 11:20]

Hello Jose,
A very fine capture of this little fungus that I'd guess is a Cortinarius sanguineus. It really stands out among the dead branches. Great sharpness and fine natural colours too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend! Ulla

Ciao Jose. Magnificente colours for the strange specie. Well done.


Hello jose,
wonderful colors and excellent photographs,

Hello Jose,

Try this one Hygrocybe miniata.
I am not 100% sure, you know by yourself the soil etc.
Nice sharp fungi picture.
Fine natural colours.


Hello Jose, very beautiful picture of fungi , details, light and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice imagine. Regards, Paolo

hello Jose
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours nice pose of this little one
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-13 10:36]

Hello Jose,
Very special discovery you did. Never seen something like this before. Very beautiful colours and good sharpness and details.

Bonjour Jose,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Jose.
This colorful waxcap is a great find and you have captured the fungus well in very good details. Interesting specimen and you have presented the image well in TN. Well done!

Olá Amigo José!

Há uns tempos que não tinha oportunidade de passar por aqui!
Este cogumelo está muito bem captado! Boa definição e côr muito bonita e estranha!

Um abraço e cumprimentos!

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