We present the extraordinary mushroom species known as Mycena Chlorophus. Despite what some might think, you have not been magically transported to the mythical world of Pandora. However, this mushroom does indeed (unlike other plants you know) emit a natural bioluminescence.
Botanists first described this unique fungus in 1860. What a surprise they probably found it to be. Of course, botanists find them fascinating to study.
However, given that the species stays small, appears only during a short period, and remains endemic to a small territory, we do not know much about it.
Mycena Chlorophus Physical Characteristics
Mycena Chlorophus develops as a small, but highly interesting, type of mushroom.
The caps reach a size of 1.2 in (30 mm) across and have a coating of a slightly sticky substance. These sit atop slender stems that attain the same vertical height as the width of their caps.
The distinctive and remarkable bioluminescent properties of this species appear absolutely visible only at night. In color, the bioluminescence seems a light green.
Uniquely, and rather unpleasantly, it also emits a strong odor of ammonia. For the moment, its edibility remains in question.
Mycena Chlorophus Habitat and Bioluminescence
The Mycena Chlorophus grows endemically only in portions of subtropical Asia. These portions include the countries of Taiwan, Polynesia, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the island of Java in Indonesia.
This mushroom also grows in portions of Brazil and Australia. However, experts believe that humans transported it to those locations. Within these ranges, the species appears highly adaptable and may be found in a variety of forest habitats.
The Mycena Chlorophus typically develops on woody debris, such as fallen bark, branches, and twigs.
The bioluminescence is most pronounced when the mushroom first appears. Afterward, it slowly fades over a period of roughly 72 hours. Beauty has a limit.