Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus


Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus

Also called the Lawyer’s Wig, this can be quite a large and impressive mushroom with a tall cap. When it opens up the cap and white gills gradually blacken and dissolve into black ink from the edge upwards to release its spores. Eventually the cap will melt away completely until only the stem remains.


Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus

Seen late summer to autumn, it is found solitary or in groups on grass, soil, and waste areas, especially where the ground has been disturbed.


Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus

21 thoughts on “Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus

  1. They are quite lovely when fresh and you can eat them although once they start to turn inky not all that appetizing. I don’t pick so I’ve never tried them.
    I shot a relative of this one, which you’ll see reminds me of a cousin in this post long ago. 🙂

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    • Apparently the young and fresh ones are nice on toast, but like you I don’t pick, especially as I don’t know enough about them to be confident in id, although these are one of the easy ones.

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      • For me it is a combination of not wanting a painful or fatal oops moment plus there are plenty of mushrooms (berries too) in the market and when in nature I prefer to leave it for the ecology.

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