|Shaggy Ink Cap, Coprinus comatus|
The Shaggy Ink Cap (or Lawyer's Wig, Coprinus comatus) is a large, gregarious basidiomycote fungus that is often collected from the wild and eaten. The fruiting body first appears as an oval structure with no visible stem. The cap is covered with shaggy pale white to brown scales. It pulls away from the stem, turning pink, then black. The cap then dissolves into a black ink-like fluid (Harding et al., 1996 How to Identify Edible Mushrooms p. 54).
|Shaggy Ink Cap, Coprinus comatus with cap dissolving|