Hygrocybe virginea (?) aka Snowy Waxcap, Agaricus virgineus etcetera, etcetera
Possibly an introduced species (?)
Wittunga Botanic Garden, South Australia – June 29th, 2014 – around the rise on the dam in the grass in cool, damp conditions
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
This species must have a world record in name changes: Snowy Waxcap, Agaricus virgineus, Hygrophorus virgineus, Camarophyllus virgineus, Cuphophyllus virgineus, Agaricus niveus, Hygrophorus niveus, Camarophyllus virginea, Hygrocybe nivea, Cuphophyllus niveus (Really and truly people! – get a Grip!) – An Agaric (gilled mushroom) The species has a largely north temperate distribution, occurring in grassland in Europe and in woodland in North America and northern Asia, but is also known from Australia. It typically produces basidiocarps (fruit bodies) in the autumn.
also been recorded from Australia. Waxcap species grow in old, unimproved, short-sward grassland (pastures and lawns) in Europe, but in woodland elsewhere. Recent research suggests waxcaps are neither mycorrhizal nor saprotrophic but may be associated with mosses. They are good indicators of soil health, because in some areas where there has been farming with chemicals, the Waxcaps won’t return until 50 years after such processes have ceased.
I found the white very tricky to process – Also, Adam and I do what we call undercranking (Darkening the shot in the camera using the A/V Setting so as not to blow the highs) – It really helps in conjunction with selecting a light spot on the subject and half-holding down the click button (Adjust the composition while holding down the half-click to get the framing you want.
Similar species: Humidicutis maevis.
Thanks to Ben Loveday for scouting this bunch for us!