Mycena marshmallow

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Mycena zephirus


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

Mycena zephyrus

Mycena zephirus is an inedible mushroom of the Mycene family. Mycena fuscescens Velen is considered a synonym for the name of the mushroom.

External description of the mushroom

Mycena zephirus belongs to the category of late autumn mushrooms, its main distinguishing feature is red-brown spots located on the cap.

The diameter of the mushroom cap is from 1 to 4 cm, and in immature mushrooms its shape is characterized as conical, and as it ripens, it becomes flat, translucent, with a ribbed edge, beige or white, and in the central part it is darker than along the edges . The reddish-brown spot on the head of the marshmallow mycena appears only in mature mushrooms.

The mushroom plates under the cap are initially white, then turn beige, and in old plants they become covered with red-brown spots.

The mushroom pulp is characterized by a faint radish smell. The surface of the mushroom leg is clumpy, and the leg itself is grooved, from above it has a white color, turning downward into a gray or purple hue. In mature mushrooms, the stem becomes wine-brown, while its length is from 3 to 7 cm, and its thickness is within 2-3 mm.

Fungal spores are colorless, ellipsoidal and smooth. Their sizes are 9.5-124-5 microns.

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Habitat and period of fruiting

Marshmallow mycene grows mainly under coniferous trees. The period of active fruiting of the mushroom is in autumn (from September to November). Also, this type of mushroom can be seen in mixed forests, in the middle of fallen leaves, more often – under pines, sometimes – under juniper trees and fir trees.


Mycena zephirus (Mycena zephirus) belongs to the number of inedible mushrooms.

Similar species, distinctive features from them

In appearance, mycena zephirus is similar to an inedible mushroom called beech mycena (Mycena fagetomm). In the latter, the cap has a lighter color, sometimes acquiring a gray-brown or gray color. The stem of the beech mycena is also gray. The fungus grows mainly on fallen leaves of beech.

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