An ephemeral mushroom that can grow in very large clusters but soon melts to a thick, black, ink like liquid.
|Scientific Name||Coprinellus silvaticus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||6|
|Average Cap width (CM)||3|
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.
White and smooth looking but with very close inspection is slightly hairy. It is brittle and can split easily.
The Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus), pictured, looks very similar but has tiny mica crystals ‘glistening’ on the cap and they usually, but not always, grow in smaller groups.
Very dark brown/black. Almond shaped.