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Hygrocybe subviolacea          Violet Waxcap

The violet-blue caps and whitish stalks togehter with the well-spaced, violet, decurrent gills make this species distinctive.  It is widepsread across the north east but not common. Caps 2-5 cm, broadly conical to bell-shaped, purple-grey to purple-brown, dry. Gills decurrent, violet-grey, well-separated. Stalks up to 10 cm tall by 8 mm wide, coloured as cap when young, becoming whitish. Spore print white. Also known as Hygrocybe lacmus, Hygrophorus subviolaceus and Camarophyllus subviolaceus.