Burgundydrop Bonnet - Mycena haematopus
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.
A similar but much smaller and more slender species, Mycena sanguinolenta, the Bleeding Bonnet, grows on forest-floor litter mainly under conifers.
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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.
June to November.
This wood-rotting mushroom is fairly frequent in Britain.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:
- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015