(Arched Wood Wax)
North America, Europe
Cap 2-7 cm diameter, stem 2.5 - 13 cm tall * 1 - 2 cm thick
Hygrophorus camarophyllus, also known as Arched Wood Wax, is a medium-sized agaric which is distinct because of the dry, streaked cap, white, waxy gills that contrast beautifully with the carbon-brown cap and stem.
Cap umbonate and often with a raised boss in center of the cap, carbon-brown to grey-black with dark radial streaks. Gills decurrent, sparse, waxy, first white, with age white-gray. Stem top often brighter than other stem but not always, otherwise greyish with ingrown threads, cylindrical or narrowed downward, solid to stuffed. Flesh white, brittle, with a mild flavour and a pleasant aroma.
Grows in mossy pine forests all over Scandinavia. Has a fairly modest taste but still a delicacy.
Similar species Hygrophorus calophyllus has a slimy viscid, evenly pigmented cap, pink gills, and broadly ellipsoid spores. Hygrophorus marzuolus, which fruits almost exclusively in spring near melting snow, differs primarily in having a viscid cap (when wet) and an unpleasant, mouse cage-like odour.