Bloody head (Marasmius haematocephalus) photo and description

Blood-headed firebrand (Marasmius haematocephalus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Marasmiaceae
  • Genus: Marasmius (Negniichnik)
  • Species: Marasmius haematocephalus (Blood-headed firebrand)


Marasmius haematocephala

Blood-headed firebrand (Marasmius haematocephalus)

Blood-headed iris (Marasmius Haematocephalus) is one of the rarest mushrooms in the world, which is a fruiting body in which the cap is attached to a very thin leg. Belongs to the Ordovkovye family, and its main distinguishing feature is the ability to glow in the dark . Very little information is known about this mushroom.

External description

Outwardly, the blood-headed nonnie looks like a fruit body with disproportionate sizes of hats and legs in relation to each other. These mushrooms look graceful, their caps are deep red on top, have a domed shape, very similar to umbrellas. The caps of the blood-headed non-nippers are characterized by the presence of longitudinal, slightly depressed stripes on top, which are absolutely symmetrical with respect to each other. The inner side of the cap is white and has the same folds. The stem of the mushroom is very thin, characterized by a dark shade.

Season and habitat

Blood-headed iris (Marasmius Haematocephalus) grows mainly on old branches and branches that have fallen from trees.


There is no reliable information about whether the bloodhead is poisonous. It is classified as an inedible mushroom.

Similar types and differences from them

The specific appearance of the blood-headed non-stinker, its thin leg and bright red cap will not confuse this type of mushroom with any other.