mycena luxaeterna, commonly known as the eternal light mushroom, is a species of fungus in the mycenaceae family. it was discovered in a forest in 2010 near são paulo, brazil. it is known only to exist in this location.
the caps are less than 2 centimeters across and the stems glow green-yellow at all times, owing to a gel which covers the mushroom’s stems. this fungi is also named after a portion of mozart’s “requiem.”
the eternal light mushroom has no known nutritional value, contains no known hallucinogens, and is not reported as having any particular cultural significance. its extreme rarity means that it has never been used in cooking.
DNA sequences of this species (from 5 gene regions) are helping us to understand the origin and evolution of bioluminescence in the fungi. of the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi on earth, only 71 species are known to be bioluminescent, and mycena luxaeterna is one of the most visually striking species.
dennis desjardin is credited with the discovery.
I’ve seen these! On a midnight forest trip in Costa Rica… so amazing
Stage Illustration for the Black Crowes Summer ‘06 Tour by Marq Spusta