Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales Family: Hygrophoraceae
Species: Hygrocybe punicea (Fr.) P. Kumm.
Synonyms: Hygrocybe acutopunicea
Hygrophorus puniceus
Common Name: Crimson Waxcap


Swedish Indicator List: Woodland Indicator Species
A grassland indicator species
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Hygrocybe puniceaPhotographer:  Mark Wright
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Poa (4)
Corylus avellana (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Acid grassland (29)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (21)
Acid grassland: semi-improved (14)
Festuca ovina-Agrostis capillaris-Galium saxatile grassland (11)
Calcareous grassland: unimproved (7)
Acid grassland: unimproved (5)
Calcareous grassland (5)
Cynosurus cristatus-Centaurea nigra grassland (4)
Grassland: calcareous, semi-improved, upland (3)
Nardus stricta-Galium saxatile grassland (3)
Neutral grassland: unimproved (3)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (3)
Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris-Thymus praecox grassland (2)
Grassland: acidic, upland (2)
Maritime cliff and slope: coastal grassland (2)
Marsh/marshy grassland (2)
Woodland (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (2)
Built up area, domestic (1)
Grassland and marsh (1)
Grassland: acidic, semi-improved, upland (1)
Grassland: calcareous, unimproved, upland (1)
Grassland: neutral, unimproved, lowland (1)
Mire: blanket bog (1)
Park lawns (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (1)
Sand-dune: dune grassland (1)
Scrub (1)
Wet heath/acid grassland (1)
Woodland: mixed (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil Grassy (115)
Soil (52)
Soil Mossy (6)
Dead Attached Twig (1)
Soil Leaves (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
January (2)
February (1)
March (2)
August (3)
September (7)
October (103)
November (100)
December (10)