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Glistening Inkcap

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The powdery ‘mica’ covering can be seen shining when the sun is out but this mushroom has no nutritional value so is best left alone or added to other mushrooms in a dish.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Glistening Inkcap, Mica Inkcap
Scientific Name Coprinellus micaceus
Season Start Mar
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Orange/brown, ochraceous becoming a bit darker towards the centre.  Initially bell-shaped becoming furrowed and then splitting. Has grooves running from the top of the cap to the edge and a covering of white powdery ‘mica’ which can wash off in the rain.

Gills

Gills white then brown and finally black. Crowded.

Stem

White, slightly discoloured at the base. Thin.

Flesh

Very thin.

Habitat

Around broad leaved stumps or on buried wood.

Possible Confusion

It can look like Coprinus silvaticus after the rain has washed off the powdery ‘mica’. Coprinus silvaticus is inedible so only mushrooms with the ‘mica’ covering should be eaten.

Spore Print

Date brown. Mitriform.

Taste / Smell

Mildly mushroomy, not really worth while unless mixing in with other mushrooms.

Frequency

Common.

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