Leaf Parachute - Marasmius epiphyllus


    The whitish cap is usually 3 to 10 mm in diameter; the stem is very long in comparison. The gills are also white and are few in number and widely spaced. Exact identification of species requires detailed examination.  Where an image is thought to be this species, but has not been examined in detail it is placed in a red box - this denotes that whilst it thought to be this species it can only be said to be probable.

    Identification difficulty

    Grows on decaying wood and plant material.

    When to see it

    Late summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Plays an essential role in woodland ecosystems, helping to break down the litter layer of the woodland floor.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map