New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: n/a
Cruentomycena viscidocruenta is a small, bright red, saprotrophic mushroom. The cap is about 7-8mm in diameter, hemispherical, and it flattens as it matures resulting in a depressed centre. The margins are striate. The flesh and stem are the same colour as the cap but the gills can be paler. The stem is slender, hollow, up to 40mm long with no ring or volva. The stem and cap are quite viscid (sticky or slimy) when wet. The spore print is white.
Cruentomycena viscidocruenta usually occurs in small groups growing on small sticks and leaves in damp gullies in native forest, urban scrub and wood chip mulch on gardens.
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