Lilac Bonnet

Mycena pura

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lilac Bonnet Mycena pura (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, rather variable in size, convex with a broad umbo; varying shades of lilac or pink, striate at margin when moist, paler when dry. Stem 50–100Γ—4–10mm; flushed pink; rigid, base covered in fine, white fibres. Flesh white; taste mild, smell radishy. Gills adnate; pink. Spores 6–8Γ—3.5–4ΒΌ, subcylindrical; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia bottle-shaped. Habitat in beech litter; summer to winter. Very common. Edible.

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