Observation 135842: Mycena sect. Hygrocyboideae (Fr.) Singer
When: 2013-06-04

Notes: Extremly small fungi growing on leaf litter sitting on deadwood(log).
Stipes long and green tending to translucent. Pileus mammilate(umbo), margin undulating.. Specimen kept. Not recorded by me before.

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Used references: Suggested naming by Noah & Cheryl

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Comment Fr Cheryl Grgurinovic

Hi Ian
I have tried to key out the Mycena on its macro characteristics alone. It appears to be in a pine forest but the fungus on close examination appears to be growing out of a broad-leaved tree’s leaf litter. I would say the fungus is Mycena epipterygia in the broad sense, a species complex that is common in pine forests in Europe but can also grow under broad-leaved trees. Sorry I can’t be more specific – it is a difficult section to work with even with microscopic examination as it tends to have very similar micro characters between species.


I was able to contact Cheryl Grgurinovic and waiting her comments on the “Mycena”
See updated naming and notes.

I have seen lots of “epipterygia” in NZ
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2013-06-11 13:44:21 PDT (-0700)

But haven’t seen it in AU.


exactly my sentiment
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2013-06-11 12:25:23 PDT (-0700)

I highly doubt it could be epipterygia. Nothing quite matched it in the Asutralian book based on descriptions.

Yes, my first thought was epipterygia
By: Renée Lebeuf (Renée Lebeuf)
2013-06-11 12:05:58 PDT (-0700)

but it is not in the Australian book, and it seems that none of the species I know are found in that country. So I would not dare give an ID. But at least you have a group.

Definitely sect. Hygrocyboideae
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2013-06-11 11:53:19 PDT (-0700)

/Mycena epipterygia group. This looks strikingly similar to M. “epipterygia” from the Pacific Northwest (I believe we had a varietal name for it but I cannot remember what).

Hi Ian,
By: Renée Lebeuf (Renée Lebeuf)
2013-06-11 10:16:56 PDT (-0700)

I looked at your Mycena and it is gorgeous. I have a book here on Mycenas of Australia, but I didn’t see any picture of your specimen in it. It might belong to section Hygrocyboideae, which has a gelatinous separable cuticle on cap and stem. Unfortunately, mushrooms of Australia are just so different from what we find here that it is impossible for me to say more. You might try to contact Cheryl Grgurinovic, the author of the book on Mycenas in South-Eastern Australia. She might be more helpful than me.


Thank you for the kind comment. If Rene LeBeuf after looking at the images, would like a dried specimen, I have one available and will post it to her no obligation..
Chow, kk

Fantastic find!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2013-06-10 17:46:08 PDT (-0700)

Has anyone recorded this “Mycena” before please. I am really interested. The size of the fruiting body would make it obscure to only the most persistant observers.

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