Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula in Dunn Woods

These little guys are pretty common, but so small as to go un-noticed unless you are looking closely. They grow in groups on leaf litter in most Indiana woodlands, and are amazingly beautiful in their symmetry. M. rotula is genetically related to the much larger Scotch bonnet, aka the fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades.

Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula-The sectioned cap looks a bit lit a parachute explaining half the name
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula-The gills do not attach to the stem (stipe), but rather terminate in a thin collar that surrounds the stipe, giving it the second part of its common name.
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula
Collared parachute mushroom, Marasmius rotula-They are all small, with caps from 3/16″ to 3/4″ (5-20 mm) wide.

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