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Shaggy ink cap mushrooms

Shaggy ink cap mushrooms

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MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Shaggy ink cap (Coprinus comatus) mushrooms. The largest mushroom here is nearly full size (about 15cm), but has not matured yet. As it matures the cap starts to deliquesce (liquefy), dripping black with spores, it leaks away gradually revealing the whole stipe. The scales on the cap gave it its alternative name, lawyer's wig. This fairly common fungus grows in grassland and is edible before it starts to deliquesce. Although found on both sides of the North Atlantic it is believed to have been introduced to Iceland. Photographed in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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