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 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. The flesh is white and fragile and the taste is mild. Gills free from the stem, very crowded, white, becoming pinkish, then black. Finally turning to black "ink". Stem white, hollow, 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 the stem towards the base. Spore print black.

Microscopic Features: The spores have an ellipsoidal shape and are smooth in texture. They measure 9-13 x 7-9.5┬Ám and have a germ pore positioned centrally or slightly eccentrically.

Coprinus comatus on the First Nature Web site.
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