Mycena epipterygia (NL: Kleefsteelmycena / EN: Yellowleg Bonnet / DE: Dehnbarer Helmling / FR: Mycène des fougères)
Many of the bonnet fungi are difficult to identify with confidence, but the yellow stems (becoming more white on age) of Mycena epipterygia are a distinguishing feature of this delicate little autumn fungus, which seems to be at home in woodland or in grassland settings. The species is very variable in appearance and many subspecies or varieties have been described. Initially bell-shaped, the striate caps (1 - 2 cm.) expand to be come convex. In some instances the cap edge turns up to reveal the gills. The margin of the cap is sometimes faintly lined. Relative to the cap size, these bell caps have unusually long, fragile stems. Just 1 to 3mm in diameter, the smooth, lemon-yellow viscid stems are untapering and 3 to 7cm tall with no stem ring.
Image: Schilde (B) ) 15/10/2011
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