Coprinus silvaticus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Coprinus silvaticus Peck (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 1–3cm high, ovate, expanding to conical-convex; cream-buff with darker sienna or cinnamon centre, often becoming grey; grooved from margin inwards. Stem 40–85Γ—3–6mm; white, lower part discolouring pale buff; fragile. Flesh smell none. Gills crowded; white, then grey-umber, finally black, deliquescing only slightly. Spores 11–15Γ—8–10ΒΌ, almond-shaped, possibly ornamented with low warts and ridges. Spore print black. Dermatocystidia 90–180Γ—16–25ΒΌ, lageniform. Habitat on soil, attached to buried wood; autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility.

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