This mushroom has a small, bell-shaped, rust orange, pleated or grooved cap often with a sunken center. It has white gills that are widely spaced and a shiny blackish brown stalk. The cap is 1/8 – 1¼ inches wide. The stalk is 1- 2 ½ inches long.
This mushroom occurs from July to October. During the summer it commonly carpets the forest floor. It is found scattered to numerous on deciduous wood, and leaves. In Fontenelle Forest it is uncommon with some being seen on Cottonwood trail.
Related marasmius mushrooms differ mainly in color, but all look like delicate umbrellas and are among the first mushrooms to appear after a rain. The caps gradually fade in color over time.
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