Mycena lazulina

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Common Name=Tiny blue lights Family=Mycenaceae Genus-Species=Mycena lazulina Har. Takah., Taneyama, Terashima & Oba (2016) Synonym=Working name used by the Field Nat's was Mycena sp. 'tiny blue lights' Abundance=Moderately common but easily overlooked. Distribution=Found 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. Substrate=In south-east Australia it is known to mostly grow on dead stems of soft tree-fern fronds but may also appear on other substrates. Description=The 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 Species=This species seems to be unique. Links=