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Woodland Inkcap

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn

An ephemeral mushroom that can grow in very large clusters but soon melts to a thick, black, ink like liquid.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Woodland Inkcap
Scientific Name Coprinellus silvaticus
Synonyms Coprinus silvaticus
Season Start Sep
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6
Average Cap width (CM) 3
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Grooved and starting a pale buff, becoming orange/brown with a dark area at the peak of the cap. When fully mature this will split and deliquesce (melt) into a black ink like liquid.

Gills

 The gills are very crowded and start white, changing to grey/brown until becoming black.

Stem

White and smooth looking but with very close inspection is slightly hairy. It is brittle and can split easily.

Flesh

Thin and fragile.

Habitat

On soil above buried wood.

Possible Confusion

The Glistening Inkcap, pictured, looks very similar but has tiny mica crystals ‘glistening’ on the cap and they usually, but not always, grow in smaller groups.

Spore Print

Very dark brown/black. Almond shaped.

Frequency

Not Common.

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