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Mycena interrupta (Pixie's parasol)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Mycenaceae
Genus: Mycena
Species: M. interrupta
Binomial name: Mycena interrupta
Synonym: Agaricus interruptus
Common name: Pixie's parasol

Mycena interrupta is tiny, fragile agaric with a translucent blue cap It is found in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Chile. It appears in small colonies on rotting, moist wood in rainforests and beech forests.

The caps of Mycena interrupta range from 0.8 to 2 cm, and they are a cyan blue colour. They are globose when emergent and then become a broad convex as they mature, with the centre of the cap slightly depressed. The caps are often sticky and appear slimy looking, particularly in moist weather.
The length of the stipe typically ranges from 1 to 2 cm long and 0.1 to 0.2 cm thick. It is white, smooth and usually curved. The base of the stipe is attached to the wood substrate by a bluish tufted basal disc. The gills are white, adnexed, with blue margins and show through the top of the cap as lines. The spores are white.. Unlike some other Mycena species, Mycena interrupta is not bioluminescent.


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