Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales Family: Hygrophoraceae
Species: Hygrocybe virginea var. virginea (Wulfen) P.D. Orton & Watling
Synonyms: Agaricus niveus
Agaricus subradiatus
Agaricus virgineus
Camarophyllus niveus
Camarophyllus virgineus
Cuphophyllus niveus
Cuphophyllus niveus f. roseipes
Cuphophyllus niveus forma roseipes
Cuphophyllus subradiatus
Cuphophyllus virgineus
Hygrocybe nivea
Hygrocybe subradiata
Hygrocybe virginea
Hygrocybe virginea f. roseipes
Hygrocybe virginea forma roseipes
Hygrocybe virginea var. roseipes
Hygrophorus niveus
Hygrophorus roseipes
Hygrophorus subradiatus
Hygrophorus virgineus
Hygrophorus virgineus var. roseipes
Omphalia virginea
Common Name: Snowy Waxcap


A grassland indicator species
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Hygrocybe virginea var. virgineaPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Poa (17)
Poaceae (10)
Quercus (2)
Paecilomyces marquandii (2)
Fagus sylvatica (2)
Betula (2)
Alnus glutinosa (2)
Sphagnum (1)
Ulex europaeus (1)
Pinus (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (82)
Acid grassland: semi-improved (40)
Acid grassland (39)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (22)
Calcareous grassland (19)
Built up area, domestic (16)
Woodland: mixed (12)
Woodland (11)
Calcareous grassland: unimproved (10)
Grassland and marsh (10)
Neutral grassland: unimproved (10)
Parkland and scattered trees (10)
Neutral grassland (9)
Cynosurus cristatus-Centaurea nigra grassland (8)
Sand-dune: dune grassland (8)
Woodland: broadleaved (8)
Acid grassland: unimproved (7)
Coastland: grey dunes (7)
Grassland: calcareous, semi-improved, upland (6)
Marsh/marshy grassland (6)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (6)
Grassland: calcareous, unimproved, upland (5)
Scrub (5)
Festuca ovina-Agrostis capillaris-Galium saxatile grassland (4)
Grassland: acidic, upland (4)
Sand-dune: dune slack (4)
Small parks and city squares (4)
Bog (3)
Marginal/inundation: marginal (3)
Maritime cliff and slope: coastal grassland (3)
Sesleria albicans-Galium sterneri grassland (3)
Calcareous grassland: semi-improved (2)
Grassland: acidic, semi-improved, upland (2)
Grassland: neutral, semi-improved, lowland (2)
Grassland: neutral, unimproved, lowland (2)
Park lawns (2)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (2)
Sand-dune: dune heath (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (2)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (2)
Boundaries: defunct hedge (1)
Boundaries: hedge with trees (1)
Built-up areas (1)
Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris-Thymus praecox grassland (1)
Grassland: acidic, unimproved, lowland (1)
Grassland: calcareous, lowland (1)
Grassland: calcareous, upland (1)
Heathland: wet dwarf shrub heath, upland (1)
Improved grassland (1)
Maritime cliff and slope: coastal heathland (1)
Mire: blanket bog (1)
Other artificial habitats (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (1)
Sand-dune (1)
Scrub: scattered (1)
Wet heath/acid grassland (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil (223)
Soil Grassy (214)
Soil Mossy (12)
Soil Leaves (6)
Moss (3)
Grass (1)
Mossy Bark (1)
Quercus rubra (1)
Sand (1)
Soil sandy (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
January (3)
March (3)
June (1)
September (23)
October (315)
November (315)
December (19)