Public Description of Mycena leaiana (Berk.) Sacc.

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Taxonomic Classification:

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


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.


Distribution:

Northeastern North America and Canada. Relatively common.


Habitat:

Grows cespitosely on hardwood logs, especially beech.


Uses:

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


References:
Notes:

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

Synonymy:
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: 2009-02-10 22:11:40 PST (-0800) by Robert Sasata (Sasata)
Last modified: 2013-01-20 10:41:24 PST (-0800) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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