Observation 276766: Mycena (Pers.) Roussel

Several dense clusters fruiting on a very wet, decayed fallen branch in oak-hickory woods. Largest cap: 1 cm. Stipe: 2 cm. X 1 mm., darker below.


Copyright © 2017 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2017 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2017 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2017 Judi Thomas

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Thanks again, Steve, for all your feedback.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2017-05-22 02:37:26 EEST (+0300)

This is the first chance I’ve had to respond. Big storm. 70 MPH winds. Power out for 2 days. No Internet. Picture me running around the neighborhood examining all the downed trees and branches for fungi:)

Looks as if Jacob has doubts about haematopus also. When I catch up (like replacing all the food in my freezer and refrigerator) I’ll do a bit of “Mycena research.” So many little species. Probably fruitless, but may turn up an alternative.

Your image Img_9017…(Observation 253744)
By: Steve (Lokness)
2017-05-19 18:44:49 EEST (+0300)

… is one of the most spectacular pictures I have seen on MO. What a fabulous picture! And observation. Timing huh? The color in your other observations are indeed what I’m used to seeing in PNW. I’m still unconvinced that your observation here is the same species. But I’m an amateur for sure. For a look at a white Mycena; try my observation 260587. (Not sure why I didn’t lighten the picture up some). I put the picture up hoping someone would take a shot at the species and no one did. (M. galericulata?) At 1 cm, your mushroom here is also much smaller than M. haematopus I see.

I see a lot of the M. sanguinolenta (small bleeding mycena) which is closer to your size in this observation – but it is darker yet. It is a gorgeous bleeding Mycena too.

Thanks for your comment, Steve. I’m always
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2017-05-19 00:31:09 EEST (+0300)

open to suggestions. I have found M. haematopus on 3 occasions along this 5.5- mile trail. This could of course, possibly be a different species. Would love to know what you think after looking at my other obs … for the paler color that we apparently have here in Missouri. I did get “blood” and have a picture of that in observation 253741 . Unable to get “blood” from specimen in my observation 239541 . Also unable to get “blood” from the specimens in this Ob.

Interestingly, my observation 253744 , which was created to identify Spinellus fusiger (a parasite on M. haematopus) shows two cap colors — one I believe may be the “West Coast color” you refer to; and I noted in the Ob. that this darker color was a result of photo being taken in direct sunlight. Would love to hear what you think after reviewing these Obs. Thanks again for your comment, as always much appreciated.

Any bleeding?
By: Steve (Lokness)
2017-05-18 05:33:34 EEST (+0300)

The M. haematopus we have on the west coast are way darker – a brown or reddish brown. You can get a great clue to the right species by checking to see if you get a dark red blood where there is some trauma. Especially evident at the base of the stem. Often visible without the trauma – but I don’t see that here.

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