Lilac Bonnet

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

This mushroom was once considered edible but contains small amounts of muscarine so is now off the menu.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Lilac Bonnet
Scientific Name Mycena pura
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex, lilac to pink with a darker umbo and radial lines more obvious towards the edge sometimes with a pale to white margin.

Gills

Gills off white with a lilac hint, fairly spaced.

Stem

Pink to lilac, thin, sometime twisted with small, fine white woolly patches.

Flesh

White to lilac.

Habitat

In mixed and deciduous woods growing on the leaf litter.

Possible Confusion

Mycena rosea which is larger than the pura but some people consider that the two mushrooms are the same.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid to cylindrical. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Has a faint smell of radish.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

The gills of the Lilac Bonnet are a phosphorescent and glow in the dark.

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