Mycena blood-legged: description and photo

Mycena blood-legged has a second name - red-legged mycena, outwardly very similar to a simple toadstool. However, the first option is not considered poisonous, moreover, one of the main differences of this specimen is considered to be the release of red-brown sap when broken.

What mycenae blood-pectorals look like

Mycena blood-legged is a small fungus with the following characteristics:

  1. Hat. The size in diameter is from 1 to 4 cm. The shape of a young specimen is in the form of a bell, with age it becomes almost prostrate, only a small tubercle remains in the middle. In youth, the skin of the cap is characterized as dry and dusty with a fine powder, and in older ones it is bald and sticky. The edges are slightly jagged, and the texture may be grooved or flattened. The color is gray-brown or dark brown with a reddish tint in the center, light at the edges. As a rule, adult specimens fade and acquire a gray-pinkish or white tint.
  2. Plates. On the inner side of the cap there are wide, but rare and narrowly accreted plates. When ripe, their color changes from white to pink, gray, pinkish gray, purple or reddish brown. As a rule, the edges of the plates are colored the same color as the edges of the cap.
  3. Leg. Mycena blood-legged has a thin leg, 4 to 8 cm long and about 2-4 mm thick. Hollow inside, smooth outside or can be covered with small pale red hairs. Depending on maturity, the color of the stem can be grayish, brownish-red or purple. When pressed or broken, a red-brown sap is released.
  4. The pulp is rather brittle; if damaged, it releases a colored juice. Its color can be pale or similar to the shade of the cap.
  5. Spore powder is white. Spores are amyloid, ellipsoidal, 7.5 - 9.0 x 4.0 - 5.5 μm.

Important! By itself, this mushroom is watery, extremely brittle and small. In most cases, it has a neutral odor and taste. Some sources note that the specimens have a bitter taste.

Where do blood-pectoral mycenae grow?

The optimal time for the growth of mycene of the blood leg is the period from July to August. In countries with warm climates, they can be found in winter. They are widespread in North America, Central Asia, Eastern and Western Europe. In addition, they are found in the European part of Russia and the Primorsky Territory. They grow on old stumps, logs without bark, decaying deciduous trees, in rare cases on conifers.

Important! Can grow singly or in dense clusters in deciduous and mixed forests. They prefer damp places, cause white rot of wood.

Is it possible to eat mycene blood-legged

Do not eat.

The edibility of mycene of the blood-pectoralis is considered a rather controversial issue, since the opinions in different sources are very different. So, some publications classify this copy as conditionally edible mushrooms, others as inedible. In a number of reference books it is indicated that blood-legged mycena is tasteless or has a barely noticeable bitter taste.

But almost all sources claim that this mushroom has no nutritional value. Despite the fact that this specimen is not poisonous, most experts do not recommend it for consumption.

Similar species

Related types of mycene of the blood leg include the following:

  1. Mycena bloody - has a cap size of 0.5 - 2 cm in diameter. It secretes a watery red sap, but in less quantity than a blood-legged sap. As a rule, it grows in coniferous forests. Due to its small size, it has no nutritional value, which is why it is classified as inedible.
  2. Mycenae pink - the cap is similar in shape to the cap of the mycenae of the blood-legged. The color of the fruit body is pink, does not emit juice. The data on edibility are conflicting.
  3. Mycena cap-shaped - refers to inedible mushrooms. The diameter of the cap varies from 1 to 6 cm, the length of the stem can reach 8 cm, and its diameter is 7 mm. As a rule, the cap is wrinkled in light brown shades, after a shower it becomes mucous. The plates are hard, branched, white or gray, with age they acquire a pink tint.


The mycena is one of the few species that produces juice. It should be noted that the secreted fluid contains natural antibiotics that help scare off and destroy various harmful parasites. The leg contains much more "bloody" juice than the cap. That is why this mushroom has received the appropriate name.

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