Glistening Inkcap – Coprinellus micaceus

I came across clusters of this inkcap growing out the rotting base of an old tree trunk. The cap is covered in fine white mica-like scales or flecks. It grows up to 3cm across, begins egg-shaped then develops into a bell-like form. The gills begin white then turn black.

Seen May to November in clusters on decayed stumps and buried wood of deciduouis trees. Common and widespread throughout.