Black Milking Bonnet

Mycena galopus var. nigra

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Black Milking Bonnet Mycena galopus var. nigra Rea. syn M. leucogala (Cooke) Sacc. (illustrated 70% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, bell-shaped; dark brown to almost black; deeply grooved from margin inwards. Stem 50–100Γ—2–3mm; concolorous with cap, exuding white latex when broken; fine, white down at base. Flesh greyish; very thin; smell not distinctive. Gills adnate; grey. Spores 11–13Γ—5–6ΒΌ, ellipsoid; amyloid. Spore print pale cream. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia fusoid, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in mixed woods; autumn. Common. Edible but not worthwhile.

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