Mycena maculata

    Alt Name
    Reddish-spotted Mycena
    Description

    Conical or bell-shaped to convex caps are typically wrinkled or somewhat grooved at the edges. The cap develops reddish-brown spots with age, or after being cut or bruised. The whitish to pale gray gills also become spotted reddish-brown as they mature. The stem is covered with whitish hairs at its base and can also develop reddish stains. It typically grows in clusters.

    Similar Species

    Very similar to Mycena inclinata which also grows in clusters on dead wood.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually found on a wide range of decaying wood, though rarely on conifers.

    When to see it

    Autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    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