The Humidicutis genus belongs to the Waxgills or Hygrophoraceae family. All members of this family are characterised by their lamellae (gills) being waxy in appearance and brittle in texture.


Humidicutis conspicua (E. Horak) E. Horak

Found growing amongst leaf litter in mixed Podocarp-broadleaf forest. Cap diameter 30-40mm


Humidicutis luteovirens (E. Horak) E. Horak

Grows in litter on the soil in a variety of forest types - Nothofagus, mixed broadleaf-podocarp and tea tree. These photos were taken in a redwood forest.

Cap diam: up to about 30 mm.


Humidicutis mavis (G. Stev.) A.M. Young

This is a common species found in a variety of forest types. It is easily recognisable with its white colour and splitting cap. Cap diam: up to about 60 mm.


Porpolomopsis lewelliniae (Kalchbr.) Lodge, Pamamsee & S.A. Cantrell
(Syn. Humidicutis lewelliniae)

A very attractive mauve waxgill. It shows the cap splitting - a feature it has in common with H. mavis and H. rosella.

Cap diam up to 50mm.

This genus was separated from Humidicutis in 2013.




Humidicutis rosella (E. Horak) E. Horak

Another common Humidicutis species, it is also recognisable with its splitting cap and pink colours. As it ages, it can fade to almost white. It is a similar size to H. mavis and also found in a variety of forest types.


Humidicutis multicolor (Berk. & Broome) E. Horak

As the name suggests this species can be a variety of colours, from dark green to olive green when young to a blue-green as it ages.

Cap diam: up to 50 mm. The lamellae also change colour, from olive green to bluish colours. The stipe is a pale blue green colour at the apex and yellow-orange towards the base.