Coprinopsis picacea

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Coprinopsis picacea

11 November 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Coprinus picaceus

Common Name

Magpie Ink Cap

Cap

Rugby ball shaped, expanding with age, becoming flattened, dark grey to brown, covered with coarse white scales, deliquescing with age, to about 6 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, white, then pinkish, finally black and deliquescing

Stem

+/- equal, hollow, white

Flesh

Fragile

Smell

Unpleasant

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Frequent in southern England, rarer in the north

Habitat

In deciduous woods, usually with beech

Spore Print

Black

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (13-17) x (10-12) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Additional Photographs

Coprinopsis picacea

11 November 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin