Mycena maculata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Mycena maculata P. Karst. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1–3cm across, convex, expanding to bell-shaped with a distinct umbo, margin becoming upturned; grey-buff, later stained rust, margin becoming striate. Stem 20–60×2–3mm, several stems fused together at base; white at apex, grey-buff below, tinged rust with age; white down on base. Flesh whitish at first, becoming tinged rust; very thin; taste not distinctive, smell strongly mushroomy. Gills pale grey, then tinged rust. Spores 7–11×4–5¼, ellipsoid; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia pyriform, apex covered with relatively long, filiform, irregular processes. Habitat in small clusters on stumps or logs of beech; autumn. Uncommon. Edible but not worthwhile.