Milky Bonnet

Hemimycena lactea


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Milky Bonnet Hemimycena lactea (Pers.) Singer syn. Mycena lactea (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 90% life size) Cap 1–1.5cm across, conical to bell-shaped, margin becoming wavy and irregular when expanded; chalk-white or with pale cream centre, margin striate when moist. Stem 10–50Γ—2–3mm; white; white fibres at base. Flesh white; thin; smell none. Gills adnate; white. Spores 9–11Γ—3–4ΒΌ, elongate-elliptical; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia small, the apex often subcapitate, thin-walled. Habitat in large groups amongst conifer needles and other debris; summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible but not worthwhile.

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