Free Images of Fabulous Fungi
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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images. The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification. There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone. Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.
While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species. My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!
There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes" that resemble edible ones. You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants. Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself. YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in. I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.
I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix
Waxy cap mushrooms consist of two main groups: Those in the Hygrophorus genera and those in Hygrocybe. Hygrophorus fungi have medium to large-sized caps that are convex, slimy and dull-coloured or whitish. Hygrocybe fungi have smaller caps that are convex to conical, slimy or dry and are often brightly coloured.
A microscope is required to look at gill tissues to identify species correctly. I have lumped all mushrooms that appear to be Waxy caps together without trying to identify them.
Waxy cap mushrooms could also be confused with the Laccaria species although their caps are never slimy and have gills that are attached to the stem but do not run down it.
Similar looking species are the Hygrocybe miniata or "Vermilion Waxcap" and the Hygrocybe coccinea or "Scarlet Hood".
cantharellus - 1
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