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Mauve Splitting Waxcap - Hygrophorus lewellinae

Native to southern Australia (Victoria and Tasmania), and growing in sheltered areas in sand and forest litter, this amazing mushroom has the scientific name of Hygrophorus lewellinae (Hygrophoraceae). This mauve species looks rather watery and delicate, but is not sticky. Gills are mauve and waxy and the stem smooth with horizontal, watery-looking bands. The conical to flat cap splits radially as it ages.

Synonyms: Humidicutis lewelliniae, Hygrocybe lewellinae.

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Photo credit: ©Charlie Price | Davenport, Tasmania (2014) | [Top] - [Bottom]