Meadow gigrofor (Cuphophyllus pratensis)Systematics:
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoric)
- Genus: Cuphophyllus (Kufofil)
- Species: Cuphophyllus pratensis (Meadow gigrofor)
Meadow hygrocybe (Hygrocybe pratensis);
Agaricus pratensis Schaeff;
Golden yellow or pale brown fruiting body. At first, the cap is strongly convex, then flattening with a sharp thin edge and a central tubercle; pale orange or rusty color. Thick, sparse, flesh plates descending on a cylindrical, tapering downward, smooth, pale stalk 5-12 mm thick and 4-8 cm long. Elliptical, smooth, colorless spores, 5-7 x 4-5 microns.
It is often found in grasses in moderately wet or dry meadows, pastures, rarely in light grassy forests.
The end of summer is autumn.
It is similar to the edible Colemann hygrophor, which has whitish plates, a reddish-brown cap and grows in swampy and wet meadows.