Pink Bonnet

Mycena rosella

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Pink Bonnet Mycena rosella (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 0.5–2cm across, obtusely cone-shaped, convex, sometimes becoming almost flat in age; pink or pinkish-grey, margin fading and becoming more yellowish with age, striate; surface moist, greasy. Stem 25–70Γ—10–15mm; pinky grey; flexible, with base covered in rough, white hairs, greasy but not sticky. Flesh dirty pink to whitish; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills usually horizontal, adnate, close to subdistant, moderately broad; same colour as cap, the edges darker red. Spores 7–9Γ—4–5ΒΌ, ellipsoid; amyloid. Spore print white. Habitat scattered or in groups on needle beds in coniferous forests; autumn. Uncommon, vulnerable on Red Data List. Unknown edibility, avoid.

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