Hare's-foot Inkcap - Coprinus lagopus

    Description

    It is a delicate and short-lived fungus, the fruit bodies lasting only a few hours before dissolving into a black ink - a process called deliquescence. The vague resemblance of the young fruiting body to the paw of a white rabbit has earned this species the common name Hare's-foot Inkcap.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    C. lagopus grows solitarily or in groups on wood chips, compost heaps, vegetable refuse, or horse dung.

    When to see it

    Early autumn to mid winter.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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