Coprinellus micaceus

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Coprinellus micaceus

9 March 2008 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Glistening Ink Cap, Mica Cap

Cap

Bell shaped, radially lined, yellow brown to orange brown, covered in small mica like floccules, to about 3 cm across

Gills

Free, whitish, then date brown, and finally black and deliquescing

Stem

Equal, hollow, whitish

Flesh

Pale

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late spring to early winter

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In dense clusters on stumps and wood of deciduous trees

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Spores mitriform (shaped like a bishop's hat), smooth (7-10) x (4.5-6) µm2

Edibility

Edible

Notes

This fungus could be confused with several species, including Coprinellus domesticus and Coprinus silvaticus