Mycena acicular

Mycena acicula (Mycena acicula)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Mycenaceae (Mycene)
  • Genus: Mycena (Mycena)
  • Species: Mycena acicula (Mycena acicular)


  • Mycena needle

  • Hemimycena acicula
  • Marasmiellus acicula
  • Trogia acicula

Mycena acicula (Mycena acicula)


The hat is 0.5-1 cm in diameter, hemispherical, radially striped, smooth, with an uneven edge. The color is orange-red, orange, the center is more saturated than the edges. There is no private cover.

The pulp is orange-red in the cap, yellow in the stem, extremely thin, fragile, there is no smell.

The plates are rare, whitish, yellowish, pinkish, adherent. There are shortened plates that do not reach the stem, on average, half of the total.

Mycena acicula (Mycena acicula)

Spore powder is white. The spores are elongated, not amyloid, 9-12 x 3-4.5 μm.

Stem 1-7 cm high, 0.5-1 mm in diameter, cylindrical, sinuous, pubescent below, fragile, yellow, from orange-yellow to lemon-yellow.

Mycena acicula (Mycena acicula)


It inhabits from late spring to early autumn in all types of forests, grows in leaf or coniferous litter, singly, or in small groups.

Similar species

  • Atheniella aurantiidisca (Atheniella aurantiidisca) has a larger size, has a more tapered cap, and otherwise differs only in microscopic features. Not found in Europe.
  • Atheniella adonis (Atheniella adonis) has larger sizes and other shades – if Mycena acicular has yellowish and orange shades in priority, then Atheniella Adonis has pink ones, both in the leg and in the plates.


This mycene is considered an inedible mushroom.

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