Coprinus comatus

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Coprinus comatus

22 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Lawyer's Wig, Shaggy Ink Cap

Cap

Cylindrical at first, then bell shaped, covered with coarse scales, white, with a pale brown centre, but soon turning black and deliquescing from the cap margin inwards, to about 15 cm high

Gills

Free, crowded, whitish, then pinkish, then black and deliquescing

Stem

+/- equal, hollow, white

Flesh

Fragile, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On lawns, waste ground, in grass along roads, alongside paths through woods

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Spores almond shaped, smooth (10-13) x (6.5-8) µm2

Edibility

Edible and said to be very good when still white throughout

Additional Photographs

Coprinus comatus

22 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Coprinus comatus

22 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin