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Beechleaf Bonnet (Mycena capillaris)

Observed: 30th December 2012 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMickETalbot’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
2012-12-30 Backies Woods 133
2012-12-30 Backies Woods 135

Growing on leaf litter.


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Species interactions

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As the common name suggest M. capillaris is associated with Beech, (Fagus). Click on the name, it will take you to a good Norwegian site.

Please forgive me, for I am forever remiss in leaving out all manner of details, this instance being no exception.

The full habitat as recorded:
1. Damp/Wet Woods, Crack Willow, (Salix fragilis) being the dominant species. Other Willows are also present, along with Oak, Birch, Holly, Yew, Laurel, Rowan, Ash, Apple, Hazel, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, and Beech. Most of the none Salix species grow on the outer edge of the woods, Beech being one. A link to an image of the described habitat.

2. Growing on a Crack Willow leaf amongst litter. 4 or so specimens, no more found/seen in immediate area.*

3. Size: Tiny, <5 mm dia, <50 mm high.

* Beech leaves being very distinctive were not seen. I had been sifting the litter, and definitely would of noted their presence had they been present.

As I am no expert I can not agree with ether suggestion. :-/

Wishing you all the best for 2013

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Mick There are a few of these

There are a few of these small leaf dwelling Mycena and the only one I know that grows in groups like this is M capillaries. Although we don't see a lot of the leaf it does look quite like a fagus leaf to me but it has one find on Salix.

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Mal, Going to have another

Going to have another look at the leaf litter, will get back to you.