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 , 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 - a process known as "deliquesce" (see image)
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).
Image: Zoersel (BE) – 01/10/2012
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