Rosy Bonnet

Status:

Occasional

Cap:

2-7cm

Stem:

4-7cm

Mycena rosea

From the ancient Greek for mushroom.

From latin meaning rosy coloured.

Description

Considered to be merely a colour from of the Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura), but it is distinctive in its own right, be pink rather than purple. A species that is commoner in the southern half of the UK, especially in Beech woods, although not confined to them. It does contain muscarine and therefore should be considered poisonous. 

Smell

Strongly of radish.

Season

Autumn to winter, often found when the first frost arrive. 

Habitat & Distribution

Commoner in the southern half of the UK, it is most often seen in Beech (Fagus) woodland, although it can be seen with other tree species and also coniferous trees too.

Edibility

Known to contain muscarine, and although it may be in small quantities this species should be treated as Poisonous.

Confusion Species

The Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura) is very similar, although generally it is slightly smaller and less bulky and is much more of a purple colour than a pink (white and yellow forms of Lilac Bonnet also exist). 


The ‘Tobacco Bonnet’ (Mycena diosma) is much smaller, generally lilac or purple and has the scent of tobacco rather than radish. 

Spores 

6-8 x 3.5-4µ, sub-cylindrical, amyloid.

Spore Print Colour

White.

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