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Mycena viscosa


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

Mycena viscosa

Mycena viscosa is a fungus of the Mycene family, the synonym for which is Mycena viscosa (Secr.) Maire.

External description of the mushroom

The adhesive mycena cap initially has a bell-shaped shape, as the mushroom matures, it takes a prostrate shape, in its central part there is a small but visible tubercle. At the same time, the edges of the cap become uneven, ribbed. Its diameter is 2-3 cm, the surface of the mushroom cap is smooth, often covered with a thin layer of mucus. In immature mushrooms, the cap is light brown or grayish brown. In mature plants, the cap becomes yellowish and becomes covered with reddish spots.

Fungal plates are thin, very narrow and often grow together with each other. The stem of this type of mushroom has high rigidity and rounded shapes. Its height varies within 6 cm, and its diameter is 0.2 cm. The surface of the leg is smooth, at the base there is a small downy. Initially, the color of the stem of the mushroom is rich lemon, but when you press on it, the color changes to slightly reddish. The flesh of a sticky mycena is yellowish in color, characterized by elasticity. The flesh of the cap is thin, grayish, very fragile. A barely audible, unpleasant odor emanates from it.

Fungal spores are white.

Mycena viscosa Habitat and period of fruiting

Mycena viscosa grows singly or in small groups. The fruiting period of the plant begins in May, but its activity increases in the third decade of August, when solitary mushrooms appear. The period of unstable, as well as stable and massive fruiting of the sticky mycena falls on the period from early September to early October. Until the end of the second decade of October, mushrooms of this species are distinguished by abundant fruiting and the appearance of single mushrooms.

The fungus Mycena viscosa can be found in Primorye, European regions of Russia and other parts of the state.

Mycena sticky grows mainly in spruce coniferous forests, on rotten stumps, near tree roots, on deciduous or coniferous litter. Their location is not uncommon, and the Mycena viscosa fungus grows in small colonies.


The mushroom of the described species belongs to the category of inedible mushrooms, has an unpleasant odor, which only intensifies after boiling. The sticky mycena contains no toxic substances that can harm human health, but their low taste and a pungent, unpleasant odor make them unsuitable for human consumption.

Note: the actual name is Mycena epipterygia (according to Species Fungorum).

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