Rosy Bonnet Mushroom

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 Rosy Bonnet Mushroom
Scientific Name Mycena rosea
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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

Gills

Gills off white with a lilac hint, fairly spaced.

Stem

Pink to lilac, usually tapering towards the top and broader than the Lilac Bonnet, Mycena pura. Can be twisted with small, fine, white woolly patches.

Flesh

White to lilac.

Habitat

In deciduous and mixed woodland living on the leaf litter.

Possible Confusion

The Lilac Bonnet, Mycena pura, pictured. The Lilac Bonnet is smaller than the rosea and doesn’t usually have a tapering stem. Some people consider that the two mushrooms are the same.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid to cylindrical.

Taste / Smell

Has a faint smell of radish.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

The gills of the Mycena rosea are a phosphorescent and glow in the dark.

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