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Parasola leiocephala

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 23 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Parasola leiocephala (Syn: Coprinus leiocephalus) (Geelbruin plooirokje (BE) / ? (EN) / Breitsporige Scheibchen-Tintling (DE) / Coprin glabre (FR) ) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family. Formerly placed in Coprinus, this delicate, ephemeral Parasola is recognized by its translucent, sulcate, pale-grey cap with a yellowish to tawny-brown disc, and free, non-deliquescent gills. Characteristic of the genus is the lack of universal veil fragments on the cap and pileocystidia (setules), features which sets it apart from other small "coprinoid" fungi. Parasola leiocephala is closely related to Parasola plicatilis (= Coprinus plicatilis). The two species in fact cannot be told apart reliably without examining the spores, those of Parasola plicatilis being distinctly larger. Macroscopically, Parasola plicatilis is said to be slightly smaller, more greyish, and appears more restricted to grassy habitats compared to the ecologically variable Parasola leiocephala.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 17/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Oh cute...the ant's umbrella!

23 Sep 2010 6:04am

@KriKridesign: An umbrella indeed. I think the gnomes has to shelter for the rain from time to time ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

They are so beautiful, I now know it must be the Parasola plicatilis I see in our field and yes it is more greyish.

23 Sep 2010 7:00am

@Christine: How nice you can find the "plicatilis" in your fields, but please be carefull with determinations - there are a lot very similar species and they can mostly only be distinguished with close examination of the spores (microscope !). But of course you don't have to know the exact species to enjoy the beauty ! Have a nice weekend, Christine.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wat een bijzonder mooie ribbelstructuur heeft dit ukje!

23 Sep 2010 8:38am

@Marleen: Het is een bijzonder fragiel paddenstoeltje. Bij de minste aanraking knapt het stengeltje door, valt het hoedje op de grond of scheurt het gewoon in stukjes uit mekaar. Zoals de meeste "inktzwammetjes" hebben ze ook een bijzonder kort bovengronds "leven".

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

perfect for a japanese dwarf ! excellent lignt on the moss

23 Sep 2010 1:01pm

@Veronique: Thanks for the cheerful comment, Veronique :-)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Sprookjesachtig mooi, meer kan ik er niet van maken ;)

23 Sep 2010 2:20pm

@Monique: Dat is voor mij meer dan voldoende :-) Fijn weekend voor je, Monique !

Katherine from Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Very nice shot, looks almost unreal. I've just gotten into mushroom identification and had fun recently finding several interesting species. Too bad my pictures of them aren't that nice.

23 Sep 2010 9:52pm

@Katherine: How nice you are in the determination too. It is not that easy most of the time, don't you think? Are you following some kind of course ? Thanks for you comment, Katherine.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is such an elegant structure. Lovely lighting as well.

24 Sep 2010 1:23am

@Julie Brown: It is indeed a very elegant and tiny structure. In the wood, lighting changes every minute. I have a dozen images all with different light... Think this one is the best :-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A 5.. a perfect umbrella of a specimen. It really does look as if little fairies might dance beneath it to their forest songs.

24 Sep 2010 3:11am

@Dutçh: Nice to get a 5 from you ! It was a very well formed specimen, almost a perfect circle... I'm realy enjoying mushroom-photography right now...

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Schon wieder ein perfektes Foto von einem sehr eleganten kleinen Pilz !

24 Sep 2010 8:39am

@Loner: Thanks again for this much apreciation, Sonja. I was lucky to find such a perfectly formed specimen.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

beautiful sunshade ;)

26 Sep 2010 1:58pm

@daniela scharnowski: Designed for the gnomes and elves ... so maybe it is a little too small for you ?

Piero from LYON, France

Your mycological gallery is magnificent!
:))))))

5 Oct 2010 7:52am

@Piero: Thank you very much for your apreciation, Piero. I'm realy glad you like these images.

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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