Vermilion Hygrophorus
Hygrophorus miniatus
Hygrophoraceae (Phosphorus Mushroom) Family
The phosphorus mushrooms are easily recognized due to their miniature size, usually about 1.5 inch tall with a bell-like cap of about 3/4 inch. The colors range from red, orange, yellow, white and lime green. The cap and stem are usually the same color while the gills are white and partially attached to the stem. Its preferred habitat is in soil or moss under broad-leaf trees, or at the root of newly transplanted green house plants. One way to clearly identify these small mushrooms is to rub the cap and gills between the fingers, which leaves a waxy substance on the skin.


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