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Coprinus comatus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 January 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Coprinus comatus (NL: Geschubde inktzwam / EN: Shaggy ink cap, Lawyer's wig, Shaggy mane / DE: Schopftintling, Spargelpilz, Porzellantintling, Tintenpilz / FR: Coprin chevelu) is a common fungus often
suddenly appearing in people's lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas - in troops or lines or rings - this mushroom is well known and relatively easily recognized. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground (see image), then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales - this is the origin of the common names of the fungus. The gills beneath the cap are white, then pink, then turn black and secrete a black liquid filled with spores (hence the “ink cap” name). This mushroom is unusual because it will turn black and dissolve itself in a matter of hours after being picked or depositing spores. When young it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected (it keeps very badly because of the "autodigestion" of its gills and cap - a process known as "deliquesce").

Image: Watermaal-Bosvoorde (B) - 03/10/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

I love the feathery look on the cap of this mushroom.

2 Jan 2012 5:06am

@Jaytee: It is a very common species around here. Most people don't even look at it anymore ... pity ! Thanks for your comment, Jaytee !

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

Great picture and very sharp.

2 Jan 2012 6:51am

@Lewy: Thanks for your visit and comment, Lewy !

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice focus, lovely colours and dof.

2 Jan 2012 11:27am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks, Ana ! Greetz !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Ein schöner Bildaufbau - exakt fotografiert, wie immer ! Das ist der einzige Pilz, den ich freiwillig (paniert) esse.

2 Jan 2012 4:40pm

@Loner: Hm - I never tried eating - maybe I should do this once ... (have to wait almost a year - they are all gone by now...) ... you have a good recipe? Greetz !

Mary from PA, United States

Excellent!! Love seeing these every day, even thugh I don't get to comment.

2 Jan 2012 6:45pm

@Mary: Thanks, Mary, I'm glad you enjoy my images and of course I don't expect a comment on évery one ... :-)))
Have a wonderfull 2012 !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


2 Jan 2012 8:35pm

@john4jack: Thanks again, Jack ! Glad you keep visiting and commenting !

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Another interesting structure. Nice detail and light in this composition.It seems as if the diversity of fungi is endless!

3 Jan 2012 3:17am

@Julie L. Brown: You are right... the diversity of fungi is endless - even bigger than the diversity in birds ... (kidding..!). Greetz !!!

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Een perfecte foto Johan, prachtig scherp zodat de structuur van de schubben heel mooi zichtbaar is.

5 Jan 2012 6:54pm

@Lia: Dank je voor je bemoedigend commentaar alweer, Lia. Groetjes !

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm