Tiny; orange, bell-shaped, pleated cap; white gills; skinny brownish stalk. Grows scattered to many on dead leaves, wood, and twigs. July–October. Cap bell-shaped, becoming convex and knobbed or sunken in center; rusty orange to orange; with deep, wide, radial pleats. Gills broad; spacing distant; white to very pale yellow; gills attached or free. Stalk skinny; white to pale yellow at top, shading to brownish black at base; texture dry, tough, smooth; wiry and strong. Spore print white. Spores magnified are spindle- to club-shaped, smooth, large.
Lookalikes: There are many other little Marasmius species, which differ mainly in color.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..