Glistening Inkcap - Coprinellus micaceus

    Description

    The cap appears pleated and when young, and is covered in fine, powdery granules that make it glisten. It later becomes bell-shaped, often with a split or sometimes rolled-back margin that is lined and grooved almost to the centre; tawny becoming cinnamon toward the middle. Gills attached, close, moderately broad; white, becoming light brown then black.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This fungus is found in dense clusters among and around the base of rooting trees and fallen broadleaf wood of all kinds. Broadleaf woodland, parks and gardens etc.

    When to see it

    Fruiting from early Spring through until late Autumn.

    Life History

    In damp conditions, this fungus will only last a few hours before disintegrating into an inky mess.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map