Milking Bonnet

Mycena galopus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Milking Bonnet Mycena galopus (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, conical or bell-shaped; grey-brown with umber centre, distinctly striate. Stem 50–100×2–3mm; grey, exuding white latex when broken; base covered in white, cottony fibres. Flesh white; very thin; taste mild, smell not distinctive. Gills adnate; white to grey. Spores 11–13×5–6¼, ellipsoid; amyloid. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia conspicuous, fusoid, thin-walled. Habitat amongst leaf litter in woods and hedgerows, and on path sides; summer to autumn. Very common. Edible but not worthwhile.

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