Bleeding Bonnet (Mycena sanguinolenta)

The stem of this species exudes a pink fluid if broken and hence its name, the Bleeding Bonnet! A very common fungus in coniferous woodland where it appears amongst the fallen needles and amongst mosses where present. It actually grows on dead wood but this is often hidden by the the needles and moss. It also grows on heath and moors amongst the heather and so is abundant in the Purbeck area of Dorset. This is very much an autumn species.
You can eat it but it is hardly worth the trouble.
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