Glistening Inkcap

Coprinus micaceus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Glistening Inkcap Coprinus micaceus (Bull.) Fr. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 1–4cm high, ovate, expanding to bell-shaped, the margin becoming split and sometimes rolled back; ochraceous, becoming cinnamon towards the centre; grooved from margin almost to centre, cuticle covered with white, powdery veil, especially when young. Stem 40–100Γ—2–5mm; white, discolouring buff in lower part. Flesh smell none. Gills free; white, becoming date-brown, finally black and deliquescing. Spore print date-brown. Spores 7–10Γ—4.5–6ΒΌ, mitriform. Velar remnants on cap formed of globose, thin- or thick-walled, hyaline or brownish cells, which are often verrucose. Habitat caespitose on or around broad-leaved stumps or on buried wood; late spring to early winter. Very common. Edible.

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