Firerug Inkcap Coprinus domesticus


Firerug Inkcap Coprinus domesticus
Discovered in local wood. 7th January 2012. © Peter Hillman
Firerug Inkcap Coprinus domesticus
Discovered in local wood. 8th January 2012. © Peter Hillman

This is a pale inkcap, often found (although not always) growing out of a mat of ginger-coloured mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus which is often hidden in the soil or other substrates). It is egg-shaped to begin, becoming bell-shaped or flatter and deeply grooved. It is cream coloured with an ochre centre, maturing dark grey. The cap is covered in a veil of white scales which soon disappear. The gills are white to being with, then grey, eventually turning ink-black. The stem is white and silky smooth.

Note there are other similar species so care has to be taken in identification.

Uncommon but widespread in Britain. Native


Size
Cap 3-7 cm in diameter
Stem 4-10 cm tall, 0.4- 1 cm in diameter

When to see it
Spring and summer, or when weather becomes milder.

Where to see it
Found on the dead wood of deciduous trees. It is also sometimes found on burnt ground arising from buried wood.

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Psathyrellaceae (Brittlestems & Inkcaps)


More photos

Firerug Inkcap (Coprinus domesticus)
Discovered in local wood.
8th January 2012. © Peter Hillman
Firerug Inkcap (Coprinus domesticus)
Discovered in local wood.
7th January 2012. © Peter Hillman