The genus Mitrula has the spore body erect, black or bright coloured, and dry, spatulate, or cylindrical, often compressed laterally. The spore-bearing surface is sharply distinct from the scaly or mealy stem below.

Irregular Mitrula (Edible)

Mitrula vitellina, var. irregularis *

Spore Body-Bright egg yellow. Club-shaped, somewhat lobed, cylindrical or compressed ; apex narrow, obtuse, smooth. No two plants are quite alike. Length, 1-2 inches.

Stem-Short, white, rather distinct, covered with fibres. Spongy and white within.

Habitat-In mossy places in woods during the autumn. The specimen pictured was found growing among fallen birch leaves, hemlock needles, and moss, in the dense woods at Lake Placid.