Scientific Name: Mycena rosea (Mycenaceae). 'Rosea' means 'pink'.
English Name: Rosy Bonnet (Bonnet family).
French Name: Mycène rose (='pink bonnet mushroom').
5 Key Characters:
- large for a bonnet mushroom.
- often grows in a line, close to the trunk of a tree.
- a very pretty little pearly pink mushroom.
- cap 2 - 6 cm in diameter, initially bell-shaped, becoming flat with age.
- smells distinctly of radish (break a piece off for best effect).
Lookalikes: Lilac Bonnet Mycena pura, which is yellowy lilac capped rather than pink and smaller.
Habitat: Mixed woodland, roadsides with nearby deciduous trees.
Fruiting Period: August-September-October-November.
Status: Not particularly common, quite localised.
Edible or Toxic? Contains a dangerous toxin.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: