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The Waxcap that Waited 50 Years

Posted: Tuesday 17th October 2017 by WildCommunities

Parrot Waxcap

Delve into the colourful world of Waxcap fungi.

Glossy Scarlet, fiery Crimson and burnished Golden Waxcaps sit like jewels that have been scattered atop Allt Rhongyr Nature Reserve. Snowy Waxcaps nestle amongst tufts of grasses next to the buff caramel coloured Meadow Waxcap.

The Ballerina Waxcap dances merrily above the grasses, its soft pink colour glowing in a sea of green, whilst tiny Dark-purple Earthtongues gather next to the rocks, their grainy, blacky-purple shade a contrast to the light, velvety mosses.

Amongst all these, hiding in plain sight is the jelly-like Parrot Waxcap, hiding its subterranean green-blue tops so well that you may just walk right past it.

A myriad of shiny Waxcaps can be found if you look hard enough into the miniature world beneath our feet. You’ll be amazed at what you find when you do.

‘The earth has music for those who listen’
William Shakespeare

Waxcap Fungi grow best on sites that are unfertilised and have not been regularly worked by plough. It can take up to 50 years for a waxcap to re-surface, and it is amazing to think of the spores hiding in the dark crumbly earth for all of those years. Therefore, when we see them scattered about, it is a wonderful sight.

 

 

Thank you, Sarah Wild Communities Team Assistant

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