Scarlet waxcap

Scarlet waxcap
Scarlet waxcap

This vivid mushroom appears to be scarlet waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea).  The yellow irregular gills seem to be a strong identifier of this species.

Scarlet waxcap gills
Scarlet waxcap gills

Scarlet waxcap is usually found on unimproved grasslands but these specimens were growing amongst moss on the north-facing side of a rotting deciduous tree stump.

I promise to blush scarlet if the diagnosis is incorrect!

 

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