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Mycena galericulata
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Mycena galericulata

Common Name: Common Mycena

Synonyms: Species Fungorum

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whitish

Time of year: Spring and Fall

Comments: 

This is one of the more common Mycena that can be found on decaying wood. When young, it should have an incurved cap margin. As it fully develops, its final size is often much larger than most other Mycenas. Brown to grayish brown to tannish cap. Sometimes a striate margin. It is said to be bioluminescent. Bessette (1997) mentions crossveins in the gills. It is a feature I will have to look for in the future.

This mushroom belongs to Section Typicae of Mycena. There are about 50 similar mushrooms in this section, so you should base your ID accordingly.

Lookalikes:  

Mycena inclinata is fairly similar. It is usually smaller, has a stalk with white flecks when young, and often develops a yellowish to rust-brown color at the base of the stem. It often has toothed veil remnants around the margin of the cap. Mycena maculata is also similar but develops reddish spots on the gills. They can sometimes be completely reddish in age. Mycena atkinsoniana has a red edge to the gills.

Pictures:

Mycena galericulata

8/22/12 - Summit Lake State Park - New Castle, IN

Mycena galericulata

8/26/12 - Summit Lake State Park - New Castle, IN

Mycena galericulata

Mycena galericulata

10/8/11 - Tippecanoe Battlefield - Battleground, IN

Mycena galericulata

10/7/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN