Firerug Inkcap - Coprinellus domesticus

    Alternative names
    Coprinus domesticus

    Cap to 7 cm when open. The young caps are pale yellow brown to orange brown, covered with whitish floccules, expanding with age, becoming radially grooved and gradually deliquescing from the margin inwards., The gills are free, crowded, whitish or lilac grey at first, then blackish, finally deliquescing; the stem is tapered upwards, smooth and white.

    Identification difficulty

    Dead wood from deciduous trees.

    When to see it

    Spring to summer.

    Life History

    Routinely lays down a fibrous orange carpet on the wood where the fruiting bodies are found.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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