Flushed Pink

Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura)

I came across these smallish, pink-flushed mushrooms as I was enjoying a walk in my local wood. I almost walked straight past them as they were partially buried in a drift of fallen leaves beneath a large ash tree. The name ‘Lilac Bonnet’ seems most apt. Even the gills and stem are a lovely shade of pale lilac.

It is seen summer to autumn, and is found in small troops on soil amongst leaf litter of broadleaved and coniferous trees.

Photograph taken October 2012, local wood, Staffordshire.