Mycena tenax A.H. Smith (1936)

This is one of the group of slimy Mycenas. It is so slippery that it is hard to pluck out. Hundreds of fruitbodies  can be seen in the colder part of the season in Sierra Nevada's conifer forests. Differentiating between Mycena tenax and Mycena vulgaris is a challenge and I am not sure that it has been fully resolved. Both appear very similar, slimy Mycenas, but M. tenax has an abundant pleurocystidia.


Gill edge entirely sterile,  consisting of parallel hyphae, deeply embedded in a gelatinous layer with hyphal ends with variously shaped excrescences.

Hyphal end with variously shaped excrescennces.

Collection: Oregon, Willamette Nat'l Forest