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Coprinus comatus   (Shaggy-mane Inky Cap)
North America, Europe, South America
Cap 5-15 cm tall * variable diameter, stem 10-30 cm tall * 1.5-2.5 cm thick
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Coprinus comatus, also known as shaggy-mane ink cap, or lawyer's wig is a common fungus that has a white, conical, shaggy cap which blackens and dissolves itself in black, ink-like liquid at maturity. It grows solitary, scattered or in small clusters on soil in short grass.

Cap almost cylindrical and initially covers most of its stem, becomes later conical. It is mostly white with shaggy scales, which are more pale brown at the apex. Gills free, colour change rapidly from white to pink, then to black. It is deliquescent. Spores are black. Stem is white, smooth, often very tall, slightly swollen at the base and sometimes rooting. It has a loose ring that is white, thin and often slipping down stem towards the base. The flesh is white, hollow and fragile and the taste mild.

Coprinus comatus on the First Nature Web site.
Coprinus comatus on the web site.
Coprinus comatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very hard to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. We recommend, because of this, that you don't eat wild mushrooms at all, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushrooms listed here.

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