Created 18-Jul-14
Modified 18-Jul-14
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Mycena parsonsiae

Pink Helmet Fungus

New Zealand Status: Endemic
Conservation Status: Unknown

Mycena parsonsiae is a small saprophytic fungi in the gilled mushrooms order. It has a pink stipe that grows to around 40mm high and bleeds red-brown sap when broken.

The caps of M. parsonsiae are bell-shaped, around 10mm in diameter , and are usually a salmon colour but can sometimes be more of a redish-brown colour. The gills are pale white to pink in colour.

Mycena parsonsiae grows in clusters on dead wood of a range of native trees in lowland podocarp dicotyledonous forests throughout New Zealand in autumn and early winter. It can also grow on introduced species.
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