Pink waxcap Hygrocybe calyptriformis

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Habitat Grassland

Also known as the 'Ballerina', this fungus has a pointed rose-pink cap that feels waxy, pink gills below and a pinky-white stalk.


It is probably more frequent in the UK than anywhere else in the world so we have an important international responsibility for it.


Old, short grassland, often pastures, lawns or churchyards.

Key threats

The main threat is habitat destruction or improvement through the application of fertilisers, or by stopping grazing or mowing.

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