Coprinellus xanthothrix
Family
Coprinaceae
Location
Europe
Dimensions
Cap 1.6–2.5 cm in width, stem 4-10 cm tall * 0.25-5 mm diameter
Edibility
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Description
Coprinellus xanthothrix is a rather uncommon wood-rotting inkcap characterized by its small size, delicate structure, and unique colouration. The gills are initially white but turn grey and eventually black as the mushroom matures and undergoes the process of autodigestion, where the gills liquefy and release spores. The fruiting bodies grow at night after rain and will self-decompose after spore dispersion is achieved.

Cap starts as egg-shaped and becomes bell-shaped with deep furrows at the edge. The surface has few pale mica-like scales, mostly near the centre. The colour changes from pale buff to greyer as it matures. Gills adnate, white at first, turning grey and then blackening. Stem white, hollow and slightly swollen near the base. There is no ring. Spore print black.

Synonyms: Synonyms of Coprinellus xanthothrix include Coprinus xanthothrix.

Microscopic Features: Spores are smooth, with an ellipsoidal to ovoid shape, measuring 7.5-10 x 5-6┬Ám. They possess a germ pore.

Coprinellus xanthothrix on the First Nature Web site.

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