Fungi: Shaggy Ink cap (scientific name:Coprinus comatus)

Ink cap

This distinctive fungus is often seen in groups, (referred to by botanists as ‘troops’). This particular specimen was photographed at the beginning of this week in the open cut grass area between the Wom Brook Walk footpath and the brook.

By Tuesday, all specimens had gone. Usually left alone, they blacken and turn to liquid.

Caution! Unless you are well versed in the identification of fungi (mushrooms and toadstools), some species are deadly poisonous, and  it is best to avoid picking and eating them at all costs.

2 Replies to “Fungi: Shaggy Ink cap (scientific name:Coprinus comatus)”

  1. Quite an original description, but you can see how an innocent unsuspecting child could make the same mistake, leading to serious consequences.

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