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Mycena acicula

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Mycena acicula (Oranje dwergmycena (BE) / Orange Bonnet (EN) / Orangeroter Helmling (DE) /Mycène rouge orange (FR) ) is a species of mushroom in the Mycenaceae family. This beautiful, tiny Mycena usually causes no trouble in identification. It is characterized by the small size (cap 2-8 mm broad), the orange-red pileus, the 9 - 16 white to yellow lamellae reaching the orange-yellow to yellow stipe wich is usually about up to 35 x 0.5 mm. It is mostly found on fallen twigs, plant debrise, and decayed wood of deciduous trees, mostly in humid places from early summer to late autumn.
Compared to the dull hues of most Mycenas, Mycena acicula is a visual treat, the tiny caps bright reddish-orange, complemented by a yellowish stipe. What adaptive value the brilliant coloration conveys if any, is unclear, but it is a character shared by a small number of Mycenas.

Image: Visé (BE) - 11/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

't Lijkt haast alsof ie is doorgeschoten in de haast om groot te worden! Mooie compositie met het fragiele paddestoeltje afstekend tegen de mooie achtergrond.

15 Sep 2010 5:23am

@Monique: Deze had inderdaad wel een erg lange steel, maar toch is dat een redelijke constante bij deze soort. De reden daarvoor is me tot hiertoe onbekend. Het grootste nadeel voor de fotograaf is de onvoorstelbare beweeglijkheid, zelfs zonder 'wind' ...

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

gorgeous simplicity. brilliant~

15 Sep 2010 7:59am

@marci: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Marci.

carla from Netherlands

Klein maar groot, je moet het maar zien.

15 Sep 2010 8:07am

@carla: Het is soms heel gek: de meest kleine en zeldzame dingen zie ik staan, terwijl de grotere of de meer gewonere soorten me vaak aan de aandacht ontsnappen. Bij deze soort was het voornamelijk de opmerkelijke kleurencombinatie die me aansprak. Fijne dag nog en dank je alweer voor je commentaar.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Da's een mooi gekleurd en teer ogend paddenstoelje! En nu maar duimen dat het niet gaat stormen...;-)

15 Sep 2010 3:38pm

@Marleen: De nachtmerrie van elke macro-natuurfotograaf: de "lichte" herfst-, winter-, lente- of zomerbriesjes .... Zeker bij soorten als deze die zelfs zonder het minste zuchtje wind als een gek door je zoeker heen en weer dansen ...

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Was die Natur alles hervor bringt. Daß dieser kleine Pilz auf diesem langen Stiel nicht einfach umkippt. Der rote Hut ist ein schöner Kontrast zum Hintergrund .

15 Sep 2010 4:31pm

@Loner: It is indeed wonderfull how some species manage to survive and addapt to different conditions. I think the cap of this one is so tiny that the weight is minimal. It is all a matter of balancing ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wow, superb macro

15 Sep 2010 4:44pm

@Christine: Thank you very much, Christine. I think there are some wonderfull mushrooms where you live as well ?

Marilla from Turku, Finland

This is an absolutely adorable fungus! The focus is just in the right place. :)

15 Sep 2010 7:32pm

@Marilla: I agree on the beauty of the species ! Just wonderfull when you discover this little wonder of nature. Thanks !

RomanRandom from Yamaguchi, Slovakia

What a cute little shroom!

16 Sep 2010 4:34am

@RomanRandom: It is indeed a wonderful colored tiny species. Thanks for commenting, Roman.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What an amazing tiny structure. You never cease to amaze me with your ability to find and skillfully capture these interesting species.

16 Sep 2010 9:53am

@Julie Brown: It has to be a crazy sight, you and me going on a photo-trip together: You walking with the head up looking for all those wonderfull birds in the sky, me looking down searching the micro-species of nature close to the ground. Think we'll need somebody to prevent us bumping up against a tree on the path ... :-) Greetz !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

It would be fun to go on a photo trip with you, Johan! I would be carrying big glass on a monopod, and you would have your macro lens and tripod. Of course, I would have to look at everything you found as well. :)
Greetz to you too!

17 Sep 2010 2:32am

@Julie Brown: fun and inspiring ... :-))

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Exceptional species!

26 Sep 2010 2:01pm

@daniela scharnowski: I honour the small ones ... :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm