Mycena alcalina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Mycena alcalina (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1–3cm across, conical, expanding to broadly bell-shaped; grey-brown, striate when moist. Stem 20–65×1–3mm; concolorous with cap; smooth. Flesh whitish; thin; taste mild, smell of ammonia. Gills pale grey with whitish edge. Spores 8–12×4.5–6¼, cylindrical- ellipsoid; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia fusoid, thin-walled. Habitat on stumps, usually of conifers; autumn. Common. Edible but not worthwhile. Note often misidentified as M. stipata Maas Geest & Schwibel.

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