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Mycena leaiana
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Mycena leaiana

Common Name: Orange Mycena

Synonyms: Species Fungorum

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Yellowish with orange edges

Comments: 

A common mushroom throughout much of the growing season, this bright orange mushroom is easily seen and easily identifiable. It often fruits in cluster. The orange cap is slimy when moist, and the gills are "marginate," meaning the edges of the gills are a different color than the rest of the gills. The juice of this mushroom can stain your fingers orange. 

Lookalikes:  

Some species of Hygrocybe can be similar, but they grow from the ground, not from wood. 

Pictures:

Mycena leaiana

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN

Mycena leaiana

8/25/12 - Racoon Lake SRA - Rockville, IN

Mycena leaiana

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Mycena leaiana

5/24/13 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN

Mycena leaiana

5/2/12 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN

Mycena leaiana

Mycena leaiana

Mycena leaiana

Edges of the gills are a darker orange than the rest of the gills. Said to be "marginate."

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

 

Other Sightings:

8/24/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN
8/25/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN