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Coprinus comatus   (Shaggy-mane Inky Cap)
Family
Coprinaceae
Location
North America, Europe, South America
Dimensions
Cap 5-15 cm tall * variable diameter, stem 10-30 cm tall * 1.5-2.5 cm thick
Edibility

Description
This agaric has a white, conical, shaggy cap which blackens. It grows in scattered trooping groups on soil in short grass.

Cap almost cylindrical cap which initially covers most of its stem. 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 base and sometimes rooting. It has a loose ring which is white, thin and often slipping down stem towards base. The flesh is white, hollow and fragile and the taste mild.

Coprinus comatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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