Mycena lazulina

Amanita muscaria Amanita xanthocephala Cruentomycena viscidocruenta Cyptotrama aspratum Marasmius cylindraceocampanulatus Mycena austrororida Mycena epipterygia Mycena interrupta Mycena lazulina Mycena roseoflava
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Source: ALA

Otways, May 2016

Mt Erica, Feb 2015


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Common NameTiny blue lights
FamilyMycenaceae
Genus-SpeciesMycena lazulina Har. Takah., Taneyama, Terashima & Oba (2016)
SynonymWorking name used by the Field Nat's was Mycena sp. 'tiny blue lights'
AbundanceModerately common but easily overlooked.
DistributionFound in south-eastern Australia, probably over most of the extent of soft tree-fern Dicksonia antarctica. May also appear in tropical and subtropical regions in east Asia on palm fronds. Type locality is southern Japan.
SubstrateIn south-east Australia it is known to mostly grow on dead stems of soft tree-fern fronds but may also appear on other substrates.
DescriptionThe tiny fruiting bodies, generally around 2mm in diameter (the largest I've measured was 3.5mm in the Otways), can form large colonies along fronds still hanging in the air or when lying atop leaf litter. The caps bulge on top between the relatively few, well spaced gills. The stem is fairly short and particularly blue at its base but apparently the entire fruiting body can be bluish and also luminescent. They generally require a period of rain before fruiting.
Similar SpeciesThis species seems to be unique.

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