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Slimy but spectacular, meet the glorious Parrot Waxcap Mushroom

The Parrot Waxcap Mushroom (Gliophorus psittacinus) is beautiful regardless of its name. 

What looks like glass, the mushroom gets its unique and intense green color palette as part of its oozy phase during the fruiting stage. 

The distinctive waxcap appears in small pockets across Britain and Ireland, particularly in undernourished grass fields during the summer and fall. 

While the fungi are edible, they are not part of the three species of waxcaps recommended for eating. If you’re lucky enough to spot these bright green slippery beauties, consider leaving them alone in their glistening glory and just photograph them instead.  

Slimy but spectacular, meet the glorious Parrot Waxcap Mushroom
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Slimy but spectacular, meet the glorious Parrot Waxcap Mushroom
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Slimy but spectacular, meet the glorious Parrot Waxcap Mushroom
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Slimy but spectacular, meet the glorious Parrot Waxcap Mushroom
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