Hygrocybe conica

Came across these beautiful hygrocybe conica specimens catching the bus one morning. It’s likely I completely looked over these for a few days as they blended right in with the fall colors and fallen leaves. Thankfully I stooped down for whatever reason and was pleasantly surprised by these little fellas. A few days later I realized these also grow in the middle of my yard.

These are also known as witch’s hats and conical and/or blackening wax caps. They grown in moist grass and are fairly sturdy mushrooms, stiff with a pointy cone shaped cap. Once they fully mature they change from bright yellow, orange and red to jet black. Oddly they remain standing for some time after turning black so it’s common to see black hygrocybe conica alongside brighter specimens.

 

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