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, pictured, 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

3 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

  2. Carl Wright says:

    An enormous patch of them still looking good in Dartington Hall. Rather an unusual location as these are normally associated with alkaline substrates and usually but not exclusively with beech. These are almost certainly associated with yew.

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