Coprinus comatus (O.F. Müll.) Gray, 1797
Common names: Shaggy ink cap, Lawyer's wig, Shaggy mane [En], Coprin chevelu [Fr], Geschubde inktzwam [Nl], Schopf-Tintling, Spargelpilz, Porzellantintling, Tintenpilz [De], Fungo dell'inchiostro [It], Matacandil, Apagador, Barbuda, Chipirón de monte [Es]
Meise, BRABANT ● Belgium
Description: The shaggy ink cap is easily recognizable from its almost cylindrical cap which initially covers most of its stem. The cap is 3-15 cm, oval to rounded-cylindrical when young, expanding to bell-shaped with a lifting margin; in age turning to black "ink"; dry; whitish with a brownish center; with large, shaggy scales; margin lined at maturity. The free gills change rapidly from white to pink, then to black. It is deliquescent. The stipe has a loose ring and measures 10–37 centimetres (3.9–15 in) high by 1–2.5 centimetres (0.39–0.98 in) diameter. Microscopically it lacks pleurocystidia. The spore print is black-brown and the spores measure 10–13 × 6.5–8 µm. The flesh is white and the taste mild.
Biology : Ecology: Saprobic, growing alone or in clusters, lines, or fairy rings on lawns, summer and fall.
Habitat: It grows in groups in places which are often unexpected, such as green areas in towns. It occurs widely in grasslands and meadows.
Distribution: North America, Europe. It appears to have been introduced to Australia, New Zealand and Iceland.
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