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Mycena haematopus

Common Name: Bleeding Mycena

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Downed Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whiteish

Comments: 

Red caps and red stalks, these mushrooms will also bleed a red fluid if you break open the stem. They are frequently encountered in the summer and fall, and are always found on decaying wood. One of the most common and easily identified Mycena.

This mushroom can sometimes be host to the mold parasite - Spinellus fusinger.

Lookalikes:  

Mycena sanguinolenta is similar but is found growing in conifer forests on the ground or in moss. It also has red-brown edges to the gills. 

Pictures:

Mycena haematopus

9/29/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Mycena haematopus

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

Mycena haematopus

Mycena haematopus

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

Mycena haematopus

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

Mycena haematopus

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN