BLEEDING MYCENA

Mycena haematopus
TRICHOLOMATACEAE FAMILY (Tricholomataceae)

Description
A small reddish brown mushroom with a bell shaped cap and a brownish stalk. It bleeds dark red when sqeezed or cut (C). The cap is about ½ -2 inches wide. It is initially egg shaped but becomes bell shaped to convex and then flat. It is knobbed with an upturned margin and scalloped edge (B). The gills are attached. The stalk is 1-4 inches long.

Occurrence
It is found in clusters on decaying wood. The wood is usually well decayed and without bark. It is usually seen in June to September although it may overwinter. It is widely distributed in Fontenelle Forest.

Comments
This is one of the most commonly seen Mycena mushrooms.

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