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Coprinus plicatilis   (Umbrella Inky Cap)
Family
Coprinaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 0.8–2 cm; stem 4-8 cm tall * 1-2 mm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This small, delicate, buff, parasol-like agaric grows solitary or scattered on soil in lawns and other short grass.

Cap buff, more cinnamon at the centre and later with gray tinge at the margin. The shape is ovoid at first, becoming convex or bell-shaped, then flat and finally shallowly convex like a parasol. Gills pallid clay, soon grey and finally black; free from the stem; close or nearly distant. Stem white or buff, equal above a slightly swollen base; fragile; hollow; bald or very finely silky. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Coprinus auricomus tends to be a bit bigger and has browner cap. A microscope reveals thick-walled brown hairs, confirming it's identity. Other similar species include Coprinus keuhneri, Coprinus leiocephalus and Coprinus nudiceps. They can be distinguished only by carefully measuring the spores.

Parasola plicatilis on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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