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Coprinus comatus - deliquesce

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 December 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 , 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

Canon EOS 400D 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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christine from schoten, Belgium

Knappe weergave van de structuur. En weer iets bijgeleerd vandaag dankzij de intrigerende titel.

1 Dec 2012 8:22am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

De details in deze foto zijn prachtig. Een fijne dag.

1 Dec 2012 9:02am

rick from brisbane, Australia

This looks very similar to what I had for breakfast this morning, Johan.
I like the pov of this image - you have shown it well.

1 Dec 2012 9:05am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

super l'approche

1 Dec 2012 9:16am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
Beautiful colors, lights & texture!

2 Dec 2012 9:14pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/30 second
ISO 200
150 mm