Burgundydrop Bonnet - Mycena haematopus

    Alt Name
    Bleeding Bellcap, Bleeding Mycena, Bleeding Fairy Helmet and Blood-foot Mushroom.
    Description

    There are several Mycena species with pinkish caps, but what makes this one rather special is the dark red droplets that exude from its cut flesh. Cap is 2 to 4cm across at maturity, initially conical, becoming bell shaped with a slight umbo; silky smooth; striate almost to centre when moist; usually pinkish-brown, sometimes reddish-brown, drying to pale greyish-pink.

    Similar Species

    A similar but much smaller and more slender species, Mycena sanguinolenta, the Bleeding Bonnet, grows on forest-floor litter mainly under conifers.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Saprobic, on trunks and stumps and on fallen wood of deciduous broadleaf trees, particularly oaks, in well-shaded and damp locations; sometimes also on diseased parts of living trees, it grows in fused tufts. It is only very occasionally found on conifer stumps.

    When to see it

    June to November.

    UK Status

    This wood-rotting mushroom is fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map