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Coprinus disseminatus

   (Family: Coprinaceae)
   
Common name: Fairy Inkcap,  EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Edible
Size: 20 - 40 mm
Colour:
Whitish buff or creamy cap
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: not distinctive
Fruiting season: autumn
General info: EDIT
Cream coloured when fresh changes to light Grey as it ages. It's not as melting as other members of this family.The caps start off very small, under a centimetre, and then develop to slightly bigger than a thimble. When young they are a beige colour, but as they age this turns to grey, then black. Stipes are white, downy at base. It is quite common in the autumn, and is not poisonous, but not worth eating.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: campanulate
Pileus (Cap) decorations: glabrous
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: crowded
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Cap 0.5-1.5cm high, ovoid at first, expanding to convex or bell-shaped; pale buff with buff or honey-buff center; deeply grooved, minutely scruffy.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: equal
Stem base: unswollen
Annulus: none
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  Stem 15-40 x 1-3mm, hollow, fragile; white with a buff tinge near the base, which is covered in white down; smooth to minutely hairy. Flesh fragile. Spores ellipsoid to almond-shaped, smooth.
 
 
Habitat: Grows on plant material/manure
Habitat info: EDIT
Habitat in large groups (sometimes hundreds) on stumps and debris of deciduous wood and on lawns and grassy areas.
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