Observation 14830: Mycena (Pers.) Roussel

These very tiny (about 5mm across the cap and about 8mm in height) fungi were found on a small decaying branch that was next to a creek. They were very fragile and the younger specimens cap’s were a grey mushroom colour. I do not think they were Coprinellus as I have photographed them many times in the past. The top of the stem where it meets the cap was wider than the usual specimen in the larger fungi. All of the stems seemed to have varying stages of colour, and some showed signs of hairy growth although very minute. If I were to try and name these fungi I think that they are probably in the Hyrrocybe group but am not really confident about that either. Over to the experts again, please.


Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Hygrocybe apparently does not grow on wood.

Whats this mean
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-04-21 06:09:57 CST (+0800)

can be found on both?


Thanks Deb, & Irene,
Some time back I did get a reply, (cant remember from whom), that they can be found on both?. I am in the process of trying to buy the book by Grgurvic and the one from Fungimap. My problem is too many irons in the fire, and not enough hours in the day. I photograph all Birdlife and catalogue\archive them
also. I will do up some jpgs one day and give you the link address. With your background you will appreciate the images.

Not Hygrocybe
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-04-21 00:30:02 CST (+0800)

I’m no expert on your mushrooms, but with brittle and cystidious stems it has to be something else. Mycena maybe? Another genus with small and fragile fruitbodies is Delicatula (just some guesses, you have a lot of other options, of course).