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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

Coprinus comatus, also known as shaggy-mane ink cap, or lawyer's wig is a common fungus which has a white, conical, shaggy cap which blackens. It grows in scattered trooping groups 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 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 First Nature Web site.
Coprinus comatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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