Mycena arcangeliana (NL: Bundelmycena / EN: Angel's bonnet, Late-season bonnet / DE: Olivgelber Helmling / FR: Mycène olivâtre) produces small mushrooms with caps varying in colour from whitish to a darker grey-brown, and stems of an olive-greyish that fades with age. Mycena arcangeliana has caps of between 1 and 5 centimetres in diametre which are conical in shape in younger mushrooms, becoming bell-shaped with a broad umbo in older specimens. In young mushrooms, the stem is olive-greyish coloured, tinted with lilac, though it fades as the mushroom ages. The very top of the stem (3-8 x 0.1-0.2 cm) is whitish coloured (difficult to see because you really have to look under the cap!), while the base is covered in white hairs. The flesh has a mild taste, but a strong smell of iodoform. The variability in appearance makes the species sometimes hard to identify. Mycena arcangeliana grows on dead deciduous wood, favouring beech and ash, where it grows in "small troops".
This image is a continuation on the "secret-flirt-in-the-wood" series ...
Image: Wijnegem (B) - 21/10/2011
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