Hemimycena tortuosa

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Hemimycena tortuosa

31 October 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened, smooth, often covered with small droplets, white to cream, to about 12 mm across

Gills

Adnexed, not distant, roughly 12 to 20 in number

Stem

Slender, equal or slightly tapered upwards, often covered with small droplets

Flesh

White

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On dead wood, especially bark, from deciduous trees, favouring hazel, beech and ash

Microscopic Features

Spores spindle shaped, smooth (8.5-11) x (2.5-4.5) µm2. Cystidia on the cap surface and the stem both corkscrew shaped. Gill edge cystidia lageniforme.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species cannot be recognised without microscopy. It could be confused with Hemimycena cephalotrichia, and several similar small species in the Mycena genus. The specimens were identified using the keys in Funga Nordica.