- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Mycenaceae (Mycene)
- Genus: Mycena (Mycena)
- Species: Mycena strobilicola (Mycena pineapple loving)
- Mycenae gray
Now this mushroom is usually called Mycena coniferous, and Mycena alkaline is now called this species – Mycena alcalina.
Hat: At first, the mushroom cap is in the shape of a hemisphere, then it opens and becomes practically open. At the same time, a noticeable tubercle remains in the central part of the cap. The diameter of the cap is only 3 cm. The surface of the cap has a creamy brown color, which fades to fawn during the maturation process.
Flesh: The flesh is thin and brittle, with plates visible at the edges. The pulp has a characteristic alkaline odor.
Plates: not frequent, adherent to the stem. The plates have a characteristic bluish tint, characteristic of all mushrooms of this genus.
Stem: inside the stem is hollow, at the base it is yellowish, in the rest of it is creamy brown, like the cap. At the base of the leg there are growths of mycelium in the form of a cobweb. As a rule, most of the long stem is hidden in the soil, coniferous litter.
Spore powder: white.
Edibility: there is no information on the edibility of the mushroom, but most likely the alkaline mycena (mycena strobilicola) is not eaten due to the unpleasant chemical smell of the pulp and its small size.
Similarity: Many small mushrooms bear similarities to mycene pineapple, which are usually also inedible. Alkaline Mycena is distinguished, above all, by a strong characteristic odor. In addition, it is easy to identify mycena, even without knowing about the smell by the specific shade of the plates and the fragile thin leg. The mushroom also gives out a characteristic place of growth. True, the name of the mushroom can mislead many mushroom pickers and mycena can be mistaken for another mushroom – rare mycena, but the latter appears at a much later time and is found not on spruce cones, but on rotting wood.
Distribution: Found exclusively on spruce cones. It grows from the beginning of May. It is often found, and everywhere they prefer coniferous litter and spruce cones. For the growth of mycena, the pineapple loving does not always have to be in sight, it can even hide in the ground. In this case, the mushrooms have a wary look and look squat.
Notes: Mycena shishkolyubivaya is considered quite rare on the territory of the Moscow region, it is included in the red lists of this region. It remains only to be comforted that the mushroom is not remarkable in anything, except for an unpleasant pungent smell and, in principle, is of no interest to anyone.