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Common Bonnet

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A common Mycena found growing in clusters on well rotted wood with distinctive cross or toothed gills. It can be found year round but is more likely to be found in Summer and Autumn.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Common Bonnet
Scientific Name Mycena Galericulata
Synonyms Mycena rugosa
Season Start All Year
Season End All Year
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Starting dark brown and rounded, becoming bell shaped with faded edges, finally becoming flat or upturned at the edges with a small umbo and fading in colour. Has striations on the top mirroring the gills underneath.

Gills

White, fairly widely spaced and sometimes having small gills or veins running at ninety degrees to the gills, rather like ladder rungs. These are not always present but can usually be found on slightly more mature mushrooms. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Stem

Fibrous, thin and twisted. Brown fading to white towards the top of the stem.

Flesh

Thin and white in the cap.

Habitat

Mainly on well rotted deciduous stumps, occasionally conifer stumps.

Spore Print

Off white. Broadly ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

One of the larger clustered Mycena, this mushroom is still small and insubstantial so we don’t really consider it for eating.
The name Mycena comes from the hats worn by the ancient Greek Mycenae.

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