Bleeding Mycena     Subgenus

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

TricholomataceaeTricholomataceae     Family
None of the special features distinguishing the other white-spored genera:
Gills not free, as in the Lepiotas and Amanitas
Basidia not extra-long, as in the Hygrophoraceae
Spores smooth, except for Lentinellus

HygrocybeLignicolous Trich     Subfamily
Growing on trees or dead wood, leaves, or sticks, or organic debris, often in moss

Armillaria tabescensNormal LignoTrich     Tribe
Shaped like a “normal mushroom”
Small and fragile to medium-sized, except for one large, grey-capped species

Small Ligno Trich     Subtribe
Fruiting body small: cap up to 1 1/4" across (and most clearly smaller than that)

Mycena inclinataMycena     Genus
Cap bell-shaped, conical, or either of those with an umbo; margin never incurved; usually some shade of grey or brown, but purplish in one unusually large species.
Stem thin; either very fragile or very tough
Some species have a colored juice that can be squeezed out of the end of the stem
No rhizomorphs

Bleeding Mycena     Subgenus     

Mycena haematopus



Sometimes if the mushroom is a bit dried up, it won't perform very well in this test. The best way to do it is to cut it near the base of the stem and then "milk" it by squeezing from the top of the stem down to the base

Narrow down your identification:

Mycena atkinsoniana
Cap and stem exuding a latex when cut: yellowish orange in cap, reddish orange to reddish brown in stalk
Gills yellow, with maroon edges

Mycena haematopusMycena haematopus
Cap and stem exuding a dark red latex when cut and squeezed
Cap up to 2" across, reddish brown or vinaceous on disk; margin lighter and greyer, often translucent-striate; oval (almost hemispherical) with a scalloped edge, becoming campanulate as the cap starts to open, and finally umbonate with an uplifted margin

Mycena sanguinolenta
Cap and stem exuding a dark red latex when cut
Gills pale (perhaps dingy) pink; edges dark reddish-brown
Cap up to 3/4" across, conic to convex; pale reddish- or orange-brown; margin often vinaceous and striate at maturity