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

Shaggy Inkcap

Coprinus comatus

Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus)

Also called ‘Lawyer’s Wig’ or ‘Shaggy Mane’, this is a fairly tall and impressive mushroom. They are elongated or egg-shaped, becoming bell-shaped and turning up black at the base. It has brownish-greyish flesh with white shaggy brown-tipped scales. The cap width is variable, but it can grow up to 10cm tall.

Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus)

It fruits late summer to autumn. Found solitary or in groups on grass, soil, and waste areas, especially where the ground has been disturbed. It is widespread and very common.

Photograph of Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus) taken November 2011, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.