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Mycena viscidocruenta

   (Family: Tricholomataceae)
   
Common name: Ruby bonnet EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Inedible
Size: 15 - 20 mm
Colour:
Dark red (lurid)
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Flesh: Mushroom slimy or sticky
Spore colour:
white to cream
Medicinal:  
General info: EDIT
Mycena viscidocruenta is a small mycena with caps of around 1cm, brilliant red, hemispherical then becoming sometimes depressed.

The flesh and stem are the same colour as the cap, but the gills are sometimes a little paler. There is no ring or volva, and the cap can be quite viscid especially in wet weather. The stem is slender and hollow.

It grows on small sticks and leaves, especially in moist gullies. It's a common fungus around Cape Town in temperate rainforest areas of ZA.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: convex
Pileus (Cap) decorations: glabrous
Gill attachment: free
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: distant
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  The gills are paler than the cap. Stem to 4 cm long, slender to 0.5 cm wide, sticky or slimy when wet as is the cap.
The spores are elongated smooth ovals, with one end a bit pointy.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: equal
Stem base: unswollen
Annulus: none
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  Stem to 4 cm long, slender to 0.5 cm wide, sticky or slimy when wet as is the cap.
 
 
Habitat: Grows on plant material/manure
Habitat info: EDIT
Usually found in small groups attached to wood with some whitish mycelium at base.
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