Clustered Bonnet

Mycena inclinata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Clustered Bonnet Mycena inclinata (Fr.) Quél. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–3cm across, conical, expanding to bell-shaped with prominent umbo, margin slightly overhanging the gills and giving a delicately scalloped appearance; bay, darker and striate towards centre. Stem 50–100×2–4mm; whitish at apex, deepening to dark red-brown towards the base; base covered in fine, white down. Flesh thin; whitish; taste mild, smell mealy or rancid. Gills adnate; whitish, becoming flesh-pink. Spores 8–9×6–7¼, ovoid; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia clavate, the apex covered with relatively long, filiform, irregular processes. Habitat in dense tufts on oak stumps; late summer to autumn. Common. Not edible too small and rancid.

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