Mycena spp.

Scientific name:  Mycena galericulata (Scop.) Gray;
Mycena inclinata (Fr.) Quel.
Derivation of name:  Mycena is derived from the ancient
Greek word for mushroom. Galer- means "helmet"
referring to the helmet-shaped caps which most field guide
s describe as bell- shaped.
Common name(s):  Common mycena.
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Agaricales
Family:   Mycenaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; single or most
often in clusters on decaying deciduous wood; June through
Dimensions:  See figure captions.
Cap:  Brownish to grayish, conical to bell-shaped to
Gills: Attached.
Spore print: White.
Stipe: See figure captions.
Veil: Absent.
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments:  Bessette points out the difficulty of identifying
with certainty the large number of nondescript grayish and
brownish Mycena species that occur in the northeast.
Mycena galericulata and M. inclinata serve to illustrate
this difficut group.
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 Figure 1. Cluster of Mycena galericulata on wood. Caps
are 2-5 cm wide, brownish in the center, and grayish striate
at the margin. Gills are whitish to pink-tinged. Stalks may
be up to 10 cm tall, grayish-white above and darker below.
Stalks are smooth, slender, and hollow.
Photo © Pam Kaminski.

Figure 2. Mycena inclinata cluster on decaying wood.
Caps are dark gray in the center and whitish toward the
margin. Lincoff describes M. inclinata as a somewhat
smaller look-alike to M. galericulata but calls attention to
distinguishing features of the stipe (see Figure 3).
Photo © R. Al Simpson.

Figure 3. The lower portions of Mycena inclinata stalks are
covered with white flecks and the stalk bases are densely
fuzzy with a white mycelium that becomes orangish-brown at
maturity. Photo © R. Al Simpson.


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