Parrot Waxcap

Hygrocybe psittacina

Subject A

Date: September 3, 2020
Location: Monkton, VT

September 3, 2020

Observation: Last Observation:
First & Last

This illusive, yet shiny, yellow and green mushroom has a similar sheen to that of a hard sugar candy. Although in all accounts I have read about this mushroom say it is not edible.

The reflections seen on the cap are not due to the mushroom being wet. Simply the common name of "waxcap" is very suitable for this glossy-surfaced fungi.

Looking at other photographs of this mushroom, I have not see similar discoloration in the center of the cap. Perhaps this particular mushroom is slightly past it's prime — though its vibrant colors suggest otherwise.