Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocbe conica)

This fungus is found in grassland and is one of several species whose long- lasting caps turn black as they mature. Caps come in a range of colours, including black, and vary in shape. They commonly grow in groups and can be abundant. Hygrocbe, meaning ‘watery head’ refers to the fact that these fungi are always moist. They appear in late summer and autumn.