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Marasmiellus perforans   (Stinking Parachute)
Cap 0.3-1.5 cm diameter, stem 1.5-4 cm tall * 0.05-0.1 cm thick
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Marasmiellus perforans is a very small, delicate, whitish agaric with a tough stem that is very thin and long relative to the mushroom's size. The mushroom grows on spruce needles and has a smell that is strongly unpleasant, resembling rotten cabbage or garlic. The odour is most noticeable when crushed.

Cap initially vaulted as a young specimen, later spreading, slightly wrinkled at the edges. The upper surface of the cap is dull, changing colour with moisture: light brown when damp, becoming pale when dry. Gills spaced apart, slightly decurrent, light brown. Stem thin, long relative to the mushroom's size, equal diameter, black-brown at the base, slightly lighter towards the top, matte. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: The spores are 5–8 x 3–3.5 μm in size, drop-shaped and smooth, colourless, and inamyloid.

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