We find a delicate mushroom on our fungus foray. That’s a relief, because this mushroom season has been very poor, with the wrong mix of temperature and rainfall leading to many fungi giving this autumn a miss.
It’s growing on rotting wood:
It has yellow on its stem. When someone picks it and takes it to an expert from our group they say it’s the Yellowleg Bonnet, Mycena epipterygia:
The description is perfect; it’s also got a special feature of a sticky elastic skin which covers the stem and can be pulled out into little wings.
It’s a fabulous fungus.
Here it is in L. Dufour’s Atlas des champignons comestibles et vénéneux published in Paris in 1891:
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