Public Description of Mycena leaiana (Berk.) Sacc.

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Name: Mycena leaiana (Berk.) Sacc.
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Mycenaceae

General Description:

Cap: 1-4 cm wide, convex to bell-shaped, smooth, shiny, sticky, hygrophanous, bright orange to red-orange, fading when dry or when old. Color is water soluble and the cap becomes yellowish white after rainy periods. Cap margin often striated.
Gills: adnexed, close, pick-orange with deeper orange-red gill edges.
Stem: 3-7 cm long by 2-4 mm thick; sticky, smooth, concolorous with cap, slightly hairy towards base.
Spore print: white.
Edibility: unclear. Some sources say edible, others not sure.


Northeastern North America and Canada. Relatively common.


Grows cespitosely on hardwood logs, especially beech.


Orange pigment is weakly antibacterial and cytotoxic to some cancer cells.


Fungorum gives two variants: Mycena leaiana var. australis, and Mycena leaiana (Berk.) Sacc. (1891), (= Mycena leaiana var. leaiana).

Current Name:
Mycena leaiana (Berk.) Sacc., Syll. fung. (Abellini) 9: 38 (1891) var. leaiana

Agaricus leaianus Berk., London J. Bot. 4: 300 (1845)

Synonymy Contributor(s):
IMI (2008)

Description author: Robert Sasata (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editors: Nathan Wilson, walt sturgeon

Created: 2009-02-11 07:11:40 CET (+0100) by Robert Sasata (Sasata)
Last modified: 2013-01-20 19:41:24 CET (+0100) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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