Gigrofor maiden (Cuphophyllus virgineus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoric)
- Genus: Cuphophyllus (Kufofil)
- Species: Cuphophyllus virgineus (Gigrofor maiden)
- Hygrophorus virgineus
- Camarophyllus virgineus
- Hygrocybe virginea
External description First, a convex cap, which gradually unfolds, 1.5 – 5 cm in diameter (according to some sources – up to 8 cm). A wide, not very sharp tubercle is distinguished on it, often densely ribbed edges are covered with cracks. Also, the surface of the cap is often bumpy. Cylindrical stem, slightly narrowed downwards, rather thin, but dense, long, sometimes up to 12 cm long. Well-developed and thinned in width plates, alternating with thin plates and rather low descending along the pedicle. White damp and loose flesh, odorless and has a pleasant taste. The fungus is permanently colored. Sometimes the cap may take on a yellowish tint in the center. Less commonly, it becomes covered with red spots, which indicate the presence of parasitic mold on the skin.
Edible Edible, but of little value.
Habitat Found in numerous groups in clearings, in meadows and along paths – in the mountains and on the plain.
Similar species Strongly similar to Hygrophorus niveus, which grows in the same places, but appears later, persisting until frost.