Friday, November 25, 2016

Little Brown Mushroom Watching

Little Brown Mushroom
Mycena corticola is a very little brown mushroom that grows on the bark of mature trees.  It's so small it's measurements can be taken with millimeters.   I like to look for it on rainy, above freezing days once winter weather sets in.  I assume it grows during other seasons, but I've never actually looked for it.  For me, finding M. corticola is sort of an "off" season mushroom hunting ritual. It's probably present most of the year., but unless there's rain, it'll be dried up to almost nothing.   The fruiting bodies of M. corticola have the ability to dry out and subsequently revive when exposed to moisture.  For something so small and delicate it's remarkably persistent.  This ability to revive probably explains why they show up on rainy winter days; they just need a little water to get going again.