These are scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of Mycena sp. The fruiting bodies of Mycena sp. are small and delicate. In some species, the caps are no more than 5mm. They are often overlooked because of their size. Moreover, many unique microstructures on the tiny fruiting bodies cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, these are important characteristics for species identification. Using SEM, we can see long and slender rods at the edge of the cap. These tassel-like structures are cystidia. Look closely at the spinose protrusions that are evenly and densely distributed along the surface of the cystidia, resembling spiked clubs. From a distance, they are more like little lanterns hung along the edge of the cap. These images surprise us by revealing the delicate structures of the inconspicuous Mycena mushroom.
2019.07.13 - 2020.02.16