18 responses to “Mycena sp. and Hylocomium splendens”

  1. Ole Stauning

    Isn’t it Hylocomnium with an n?

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Interesting – I know where you are going with that (Mnium is another moss genus). It seems Hylocomium (32600 hits on Google) is far more popularly used than Hylocomnium (155 hits), but Google’s results are only an indicator of use, not necessarily how the name was originally (and validly?) published. Considering the names of the moss experts using Hylocomium, though, I really have my doubts that it would be anything but.

  3. wontolla

    According to the Oxford book of flowerless plant it should be Hylocomium

  4. Fred Rhoades

    This is indeed a Mycena. The color is unusually purple (not exactly a color I associate with local Mycenas). Is it precisely duplicating the natural color? If so, either it is an odd variant of Mycena pura (which is an incredibly variable species), or perhaps Mycena purpureofusca (gill edges should be lavender).

  5. Matt

    Well, it sure looks like a Mycena. The heavily striate cap is a key feature. Some species of Coprinus share that feature, but I don’t know of any lilac-colored ones. I’ve encountered this same mushroom (or something very similar) growing on old logs and stumps here in Washington. Was this growing on or near wood or woody debris?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Fred and Matt (should note that Matt didn’t know Fred had posted because of comment approval). The colour is very accurate – I was struck by the colour myself, which is why I noticed it amongst the blanket of green. And yes, this was growing on decaying wood.
    If anyone feels up for a moss ID challenge, by the way, I only noticed the moss in the extreme bottom centre of the photograph last night. It should be identifiable to genus from either of these photographs.

  7. Gillian Gile

    That moss in the bottom centre looks like a Plagiomnium to me. Does anyone have an alternate opinion?

  8. Matt

    According to Arora, Mycena purpureofusca grows “solitary or in small groups or tufts on conifer wood and debris; widely distributed.” A possible candidate, but with the myriad Mycena species, hard to say for sure. Other lilac or purplish species: M. pura is a terrestrial species that is more robust than M. purpureofusca, so we can probably rule that one out. M. haemoatopus is a dainty species that grows mostly on decaying hardwood logs and stumps. The stalk and flesh exude a red juice when cut. Also, the stalk of M. haematopus tends to be hairier than the specimen in today’s photo.

  9. Fran Rogers

    Having found and identified Mycena species in the mountains of northern New Mexico, it is not M. haematopus as I know it. In Vol. 3, Fungi of Switzerland, Brietenbach/Kranzlen, p. 268, M. diosma does have violet tones listed, but the photograph does not look at all like the two shown above. Remarks also refer to M. pelianthina, M. pearsonia, M. pura. M. rosea, and M. subaquosa (purae group) as having lilac-pink to violet colors. Without habitat, smell, lamellae description, and certainly most defining–microscopic features, this Mycena becomes one of those mystifying ‘little violet’ mushrooms.

  10. Carl Wishner

    Regarding the spelling with and without an “n,” the BFNA treatment gives the etymology of the genus name as “Greek hylokomos, thick-grown with wood, indicating a deep forest habitat.” Thus, the name appears to be unrelated to the name Mnium.

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks, Carl.

  12. Kent Brothers

    The moss in the center looks like and very likely is Plagiomnium insigne — a very common terrestrial moss in BC’s lower mainland. But you’d need to examine leaf cell and sporophyte structure to be sure.

    Artistically I prefer the photo with the higher depth of field. I think it’s because in the photo with the shallower depth the “subject” (parts in focus) are entirely in the bottom half of the image making it look unbalanced (to me).

  13. Rebecca

    Just found your blog…what a beautiful little Mycena! Thanks for sharing the photos of fungi and of plants–I’m a mycologist, but am also being thrust further into the world of botany, so am loving this site!

  14. Anonymous

    Where are these mushrooms found, exactly?

  15. Daniel Mosquin

    Anonymous – the keywords section at the top has the location, plus there is a link to the park in the body of the text.

  16. Chip

    I found your photo trying to identify the dozen or so mushrooms I found in my front yard this morning – in the Austin, TX area. Based on the photos alone, mine are (were) an exact match.
    The puzzling thing tho, is that the mushrooms were there around 8AM and were totally gone by 10:30AM. We’ve had an exceptional amount of rain this spring – and I did put mulch in my yard. Since I’ve never seen this type of mushroom in my 12 years of living here, I’m “assuming” they were somehow introduced with the mulch???
    Anyway, a beautiful example of the species.

  17. Triston Pittman

    I have seen similar sise and distinct color growing in moss bedes around our home in southwest Missouri. usually very high in nubers and often turning grey to grey brown. Are they edible? we also have an abundance of Bluis nubices wich are great.

  18. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    I find this just the prettiest little mushroom! Thanks.

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