Name: Coprinus comatus
Author: (O.F. Müll.) Pers.
Citation: Tent. disp. meth. fung. (Lipsiae): 62 (1797)
Deprecated Synonyms: Coprinus ovatus (Schaeff.) Fr., Agaricus fimetarius Bolton, Agaricus cylindricus Sowerby, Agaricus ovatus Schaeff., Agaricus comatus O.F. Müll., Coprinus comatus var. ovatus (Schaeff.) Quél., Coprinus comatus var. caprimammillatus Bogart, Agaricus comatus var. ovatus O.F. Müll., Agaricus comatus var. ovatus (Schaeff.) Fr., Coprinus comatus f. sphaerocephalus J.E. Lange, Shaggy Mane
Misspellings: Coprinas majestic
Coprinus comatus is a well-known and relatively easily recognized mushroom with gills that “deliquesce” or turn into a black “ink” with age. Found growing alone, scattered, in lines, or in clusters or fairy rings. Saprobic. Pileus 5-14 cm long, 3-5 cm wide; oval to cylindrical when young, becoming broadly conic (5-8 cm) to nearly plane with age. White to whitish with a brownish central disc at apex. Large shaggy scales. Flesh thin; white; soft; fibrous. Gills free; very crowded; very narrow; white, becoming pinkish and eventually black, then turning into a black “ink” from the margin upward. Stipe 5-20 cm long; 1-2 cm thick; smooth; white; hollow; slightly bulbose base.
Basidiospores 9-13 × 7-9 micrometers in size; ellipitcal; smooth with an apical pore. Spore print black.
Common names include: Shaggy Mane, Lawyer’s Wig, or Inky Cap.
See also Tom Volk’s page on Coprinus comatus
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