Horsehair Parachute

Marasmius androsaceus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Horsehair Parachute Marasmius androsaceus (L.) Fr. (illustrated 90% life size) Cap 0.5–1cm across, convex, the centre often depressed; clay-pink with red-brown centre; membranous and radially wrinkled. Stem 20–60Γ—1mm; black; hair-like, stiff and tough. Flesh white in cap, dark in stem; thin. Gills distant; clay-pink. Spores 6.5–9Γ—3–4ΒΌ, pip-shaped. Spore print white. Cuticular cells irregular, with minute, finger-like processes. Habitat on twigs, needles, leaves, and dead heather, associated with black, horsehair-like mycelium; late spring to late autumn. Common. Not edible far too small. Note this species has now been published as the type for a new genus Setulipes, but not yet adopted by the BMS Checklist.

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