Snapping Bonnet

Mycena vitilis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Snapping Bonnet Mycena vitilis (Fr.) Quél. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–3cm across, conico-convex, becoming bell-shaped; grey-brown, paler and striate towards the margin. Stem 40–70×1–2mm, with a rooting base; concolorous with cap or paler, whitish at apex; base covered in fine, white hairs. Flesh whitish; thin; smell slight. Gills crowded, whitish, greyish towards the base. Spores 8–11×5–7.2¼, ellipsoid or often almond-shaped; amyloid. Spore print white. Basidia generally two-spored. Cheilocystidia sac-like with finger-like apical processes. Habitat in mixed woodland, usually attached to buried twigs; autumn. Common. Unknown edibility. Note this fungus was often named Mycena filopes by many authors, including myself in my first book.