Magpie Inkcap - Coprinopsis picacea

    Alternative names
    Magpie Fungus

    The patterning of white or silvery grey on a shiny dark-brown background make this quite a distinctive species, although the fruitbodies are short lived. The early cap is an elongated egg shape, then bell-like as the cottony universal veil remnant breaks into separate patches to reveal the glossy dark background.

    Identification difficulty

    Generally found as solitary specimens or well-spaced in small groups, Magpie Inkcaps occur most often in deciduous woodland, particularly under Beech trees and less frequently under oaks. They are mainly restricted to alkaline areas.

    When to see it

    May to November in Britain and Ireland.

    Life History

    As with other large inkcaps, the gills of the Magpie Inkcap deliquesce, a process which aids spore dispersal particularly in wet weather.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but rather infrequent.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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