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Mushroom on heather stem

Observed: 6th June 2012 By: Chris MoodyChris Moody’s reputation in Fungi and LichensChris Moody’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Whilst surveying some heathland in Dorset I occasionally noticed some small mushrooms growing on the stems of Ling (Calluna vulgaris).


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Fenwickfield's picture

plant type

It does say that it grows on pine needles,conifer litter and also dead heather.


flaxton's picture

I have found it on heather as

I have found it on heather as well.

AlanS's picture

Many substrates

Yes, it is common on heather in moorland. I have once found it on a dead leaf of Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) [though other small species of "Marasmius" are more frequent on this host]. In their recent monograph of this group, Antonin & Noordeloos state that though it is most common on conifer litter, it can occur on leaves of deciduous trees, crowberry, and other hosts as diverse as Cotton-grass and Twinflower (Linnaea).

The important thing, I think, is that the material must be very nutrient poor - less competition from other decomposers?

Everyone will be delighted to know that this species should now be called Gymnopus androsaceus. It has been shown not to be a Marasmius. Its lookalike, formerly Micromphale perforans, is also now a Gymnopus, so at least they are accepted as being closely related at last.


Fenwickfield's picture

Thanks Alan

Will change it in my book for any future finds.