Pink Ballerinas cavorting in the grass

If there are pink ballerinas on your lawn they could be one of only two things: 1. Actual ballerinas, dressed in pink; 2. The Ballerina Waxcap mushroom:

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

These Pink Ballerinas are rare; they were thought to be so rare that they were given ‘endangered’ status. Then lots more records of people finding them came in and so they were taken off the ‘endangered’ list.

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One of the great things about them is that you can’t mistake them for anything else.

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Here’s Hygrocybe calyptriformis, from M.C.Cooke’s, Illustrations of the British Fungi

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - The Hall of Einar

Glorious, aren’t they?

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