Mycena haematopus

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Mycena haematopus

8 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Red Bleeding Mycena

Cap

Bell shaped, expanding with age, margin scalloped or somewhat ragged, blood red when moist, fading to pinkish, radially lined, to about 4 cm across

Gills

Adnate, whitish, then pale pink, sometimes with a darker margin

Stem

Equal, slender, hollow

Flesh

Blood red, producing a red sap on cutting

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In clumps on dead wood of deciduous trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (7-10) x (5-6) µm2

Edibility

Said to be edible

Notes

This fungus could be confused with Mycena sanguinolenta, which also exudes red sap, but which grows on soil

Additional Photographs

Mycena haematopus

18 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Mycena haematopus

13 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Mycena haematopus

17 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Mycena haematopus

2 November 2007 Essex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin