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Coprinus comatus

Shaggy Ink Cap

 

The fruit body is a mushroom with cap atop a central stem. In contrast to most mushroom-producing species the cap is much taller than wide, up to 15 centimetres tall and 6 in diameter. The cap is brown at the top, otherwise mostly white and with abundant shaggy scales. The gills are white to pink but later appear black because that is the colour the spores become when mature. The white stem may be up to 15 centimetres long and 2 in diameter.

 

When young little of the stem is visible because the sides of the cap come down a long way over the stem (just as in a folded umbrella the closed canopy hides most of the shaft). For example, you see very little of the stem in this sighting: http://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sighting/35312.

 

Over time the cap dissolves into an inky mess and slowly disappears, starting from the bottom and working up, until all that is left is the stem and, at its apex, the top of the mushroom cap (as in this sighting http://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sighting/3377395).

 

A veil remnant is left on the stem as a ring, but this is loose and likely to fall to the bottom of the stem.

 

Spores: black.

 

This is commonly found on the ground in disturbed areas (e.g. parks, gardens and roadsides).

 

It should not  be possible to mistake this for any other species.

 

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Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Watson, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by sbittinger Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 May 2020 by LisaH Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Giralang, ACT - 2 May 2020 by tpreston Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Federal Golf Course - 28 Apr 2020 by kieranh Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 24 Apr 2020 by SandraH Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Campbell, ACT - 23 Apr 2020 by JanetRussell Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Wanniassa, ACT - 30 Mar 2020 by SandraH Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jun 2019 by JackyF Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Lake Ginninderra - 14 Jun 2019 by Alison Milton Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Campbell, ACT - 30 May 2019 by Campbell2612 Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 26 May 2019 by JackyF Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Apr 2019 by JackyF Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Bruce, ACT - 24 Apr 2019 by purple66 Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Wanniassa, ACT - 22 Apr 2019 by SandraH Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 14 Apr 2019 by Mike Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Yarralumla, ACT - 22 Nov 2017 by RobertD Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Curtin, ACT - 8 Jun 2017 by arjay Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Mount Mugga Mugga - 21 May 2017 by Mike Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 12 May 2017 by Mike Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 25 Apr 2017 by forgebbaboudit Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 21 Jun 2016 by AaronClausen Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Macquarie, ACT - 10 Jun 2016 by NathanaelC Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 9 Jun 2016 by RyuCallaway Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra, NSW - 9 May 2016 by wombey Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Watson, ACT - 10 May 2015 by AaronClausen Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 7 May 2015 by HarveyPerkins Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 29 Apr 2015 by JoshMulvaney Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 15 Apr 2015 by TimYiu Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Bruce, ACT - 8 May 2014 by JanetRussell Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 19 Oct 2004 by HarveyPerkins
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Watson, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by sbittinger
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 May 2020 by LisaH
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Giralang, ACT - 2 May 2020 by tpreston
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Federal Golf Course - 28 Apr 2020 by kieranh
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 24 Apr 2020 by SandraH
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Campbell, ACT - 23 Apr 2020 by JanetRussell
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Wanniassa, ACT - 30 Mar 2020 by SandraH
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jun 2019 by JackyF
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Lake Ginninderra - 14 Jun 2019 by Alison Milton
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Campbell, ACT - 30 May 2019 by Campbell2612
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 26 May 2019 by JackyF
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Apr 2019 by JackyF
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Bruce, ACT - 24 Apr 2019 by purple66
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Wanniassa, ACT - 22 Apr 2019 by SandraH
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 14 Apr 2019 by Mike
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Yarralumla, ACT - 22 Nov 2017 by RobertD
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Curtin, ACT - 8 Jun 2017 by arjay
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Mount Mugga Mugga - 21 May 2017 by Mike
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra, ACT - 12 May 2017 by Mike
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 25 Apr 2017 by forgebbaboudit
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 21 Jun 2016 by AaronClausen
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Macquarie, ACT - 10 Jun 2016 by NathanaelC
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 9 Jun 2016 by RyuCallaway
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra, NSW - 9 May 2016 by wombey
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Watson, ACT - 10 May 2015 by AaronClausen
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at City Renewal Authority Area - 7 May 2015 by HarveyPerkins
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 29 Apr 2015 by JoshMulvaney
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 15 Apr 2015 by TimYiu
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Bruce, ACT - 8 May 2014 by JanetRussell
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Australian National University - 19 Oct 2004 by HarveyPerkins

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