Drab Bonnet

Mycena aetites

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Drab Bonnet Mycena aetites (Fr.) Quél. syn. M. ammoniaca sensu Lange (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 0.5–1.5cm across, conical to convex; pale to dark grey, grooved and with a striate appearance when moist, opaque when dry. Stem 30–45×0.5–1mm; concolorous with cap, lighter towards the apex. Flesh whitish, greyish in stem; thin; taste mild, smell none or slightly of ammonia. Gills adnate with a decurrent tooth; grey with whitish edge. Spores 9–10×5–5.5¼, elliptical; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia fusoid, thin-walled. Habitat in short grass or amongst herbaceous debris; autumn. Frequent. Edible but not worthwhile.