Shaggy Inkcap

Latin name: Coprinus comatus

The shaggy inkcap grows on the ground in various habitats but is most commonly found in the Yorkshire Dales on neutral grassland or in woodland growing in among the grass between September and November. It is also often seen in more urban areas on disturbed ground. The cap is 3-7cm across and 5-15cm high, white and very shaggy-scaly, often with a pale brownish "skullcap" at the apex. The gills are white becoming black and inky when the cap expands. The stem is 10-37cm tall with a slightly bulbous base.

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