Magpie Fungus

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

Poisonous causing alarming symptoms but not effecting everybody. Don’t take a chance!

Mushroom Type
Common Names Magpie Fungus, Magpie Inkcap
Scientific Name Coprinus picaceus
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 25
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Elongated finger-like shape opening to a cone. Appearing white and shaggy with a black background turning brown/grey to black and then ‘melting’.

Gills

Gills white turning pink to grey to brown until becoming black and ‘melting’.

Stem

White, narrow, usually hollow and with a white movable skirt, sometimes stained black with spores and can have a slightly hairy bulbous base.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Beech woodland especially on chalky soils.

Possible Confusion

The Shaggy Inkcap has a white cap with white scales, the Magpie Fungus has a black cap with white scales.

Spore Print

Black. Ellipsoid.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

The resulting mess from leaving this mushroom to deliquesce can be used as a viable ink.

COMMENTS

2 comments for Magpie Fungus

  1. Dave Gosling says:

    Found a group of these in Dartington Hall gardens – not sure how to upload picture.

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      Hi Dave, you can send them to us here https://www.wildfooduk.com/contact-us/ or via email to admin@wildfooduk.com

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