Growing on fallen branches or decaying stumps
of coniferous trees. Sometimes also on wood of broad-leaved
trees. Summer to autumn. Fairly common in coniferous forest all over the country. See the records in The Norwegian Mycological Database.
mm across, conical, campanulate, flattening with age, without
or with a low umbo, pruinose, glabrescent, hygrophanous,
sulcate, translucent-striate, reddish brown, olivaceous
brown, greenish brown, olive green, greyish green, the margin
paler, yellowish olive, greenish yellow, or more greenish.
Lamellae 20-25 reaching
the stipe, ascending, narrowly adnate to adnate, occasionally
decurrent with at short tooth, whitish, greyish white, yellowish
white to grey, the edge olivaceous or greenish grey, dark
grey to dark grey-brown, often only near the margin of the
pileus, and sometimes not differently coloured at all.
Stipe 20-70 x
1-3 mm, hollow, fragile, equal or somewhat widened below,
terete, straight to curved, pruinose above, glabrous farther
below, yellowish to yellowish brown (honey-coloured), darker
to dark brown towards the base, the apex sometimes very
pale, almost white, the base densely covered with whitish
indistinctive to weakly nitrous.
Basidia 25-32 x 8-10 µm, slender-clavate,
4-spored, with sterigmata 5-8 µm long. Spores 9-11.8(-13) x 6-7.5 µm, Q = 1.3-1.7, Qav ≈ 1.5, broadly pip-shaped, amyloid. Cheilocystidia
23-70 x 7-18(-29) µm, forming a sterile band, clavate,
fusiform, subcylindrical, apically obtuse or mucronate or
narrowed into a simple neck or two necks. Pleurocystidia
not observed. Hyphae
of the pileipellis 2-8 µm wide, not gelatinized, covered
with simple or branched cylindrical to more irregularly
shaped excrescences 2-20 x 1.5-6 µm wich may form dense masses. Hyphae
of the cortical layer of the stipe 1.5-4 µm wide, slightly
gelatinized, smooth or sparsely covered with obtuse warts
or short cylindrical excrescences 1-6(-12) x 2-3.5 µm, terminal
cells with coarse cylindrical to clavate
excrescences. Clamp connections
present at all tissues.
More micro drawings.
Maas Geesteranus (1988) placed
this species in section Fragilipedes (Fr.) Quél. together with Mycena
citrinomarginata Gillet, both species formerly
placed in sect. Rubromarginatae
Singer ex Maas Geest. The coloured lamellar edge indicates
a close relationship to the species of sect. Rubromarginatae,
but in the sense of Maas Geesteranus that section contains
only species with the lamellar edge coloured pink, reddish
brown or violet. Besides, the edge is not always coloured
or just partly so in M. viridimarginata.
In some collections there are no traces of
different colour at the lamellar edge, and in some other
collections the colour is visible only very near the margin
of the pileus.
It is, however, often more visible in younger
specimens. Generally the colour of the lamellar edge is
the same as in the margin of the pileus.
Mycena viridimarginata is a very
variable species. The identification rarely causes any difficulties,
however. The yellowish or honey-coloured stipe combined
with the olive-brown or greenish colours on the pileus are
Further images on the Internet:
© A. Aronsen 2004