Coprinus comatus

Coprinus comatus (O. F. Müll.) Pers., 1797 (Syn: Agaricus comatus O. F. Müll., 1780; Agaricus comatus var. campanulatus Alb. & Schwein., 1805 ...............; Coprinus ovatus (Schaeff.) Fr., 1838);

Coprinus comatus
, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas.
The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales—this is the origin of the common names of the fungus. The gills beneath the cap are white, then pink, then turn black and secrete a black liquid filled with spores (hence the “ink cap” name). This mushroom is unusual because it will turn black and dissolve itself in a matter of hours after being picked or depositing spores. When young it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected (it keeps very badly because of the autodigestion of its gills and cap). If long-term storage is desired, microwaving, sauteing or simmering until limp will allow the mushrooms to be stored in a refrigerator for several days or frozen. Processing must be done whether for eating or storage within four to six hours of harvest to prevent undesirable changes to the mushroom. The species is cultivated in China as food. The mushroom can sometimes be confused with the Magpie fungus which is poisonous. The shaggy ink cap is easily recognizable from its almost cylindical cap which initially covers most of its stem. The cap is mostly white with shaggy scales, which are more pale brown at the apex. The free gills change rapidly from white to pink, then to black. It is deliquescent. The stipe has a loose ring and measures 10–37 centimetres (3.9–15 in) high by 1–2.5 centimetres (0.39–0.98 in) diameter. Microscopically it lacks pleurocystidia. The spore print is black-brown and the spores measure 10–13 × 6.5–8 µm. The flesh is white and the taste mild.[5]   (From Wikipedia on 27.7.13)
Some sort of Musroom- 080809Jm1? - indiantreepix | Google Groups : 1 image. Seen coming out on 1/8/09 in a park in Hyderabad, AP.
it is indeed a mushroom. Coprinus comatus
German name Schopftintling a very good edible mushroom, when young, i.e. as long as no black ink is appearing.
Now is the time, we find this mushroom even under a tree (in the grass) on a parking area. Mainly found in medows where sheep is grazing. delicate, makes very delicate soup.
reqest id mushrooms?: (mixed thread)
If possible take a photograph of the gills (underside) of the mushroom (close up of stem and where it attaches to the gills and roots, gills) and if you take the spore print by keeping the head of the mushroom on a paper, and tell us the color it would be most helpful. Usually these are the minimum requirements apart from the width, length etc.... since you cannot paste high res photos on the forum, I would be glad if you send some high res copies of the same to me...
.. the second one (DSC05086.JPG) looks like 'Coprinus', could be C. comatus but one would need to have more data and microscopic analysis of spores to be absolutely sure...
Second one looks like Coprinus comatus. The first also may be Coprinus sp. with some doubt.
Actually .., I would have suggested Flammulaster sp. but since I cannot make out the features properly I would never take a bet on that.      ..., next time you find a mushroom you want to id you must take the photo of the gills, the way it is attached to the stem, the root if possible and close ups of the gills and the cap... and the length of the stem and width of the cap, this and the spores as mentioned earlier will get you at least  the family right. 
    The second one does look like Coprinus comatus shaggy ink cap.
    Very common here in Germany growing in meadows, especially where Sheep grazing. It grows in groups and I have seen these mushrooms under trees or on horsepastures. Very sorry to see horses running over these good edible mushrooms.
    Young Coprinus comatus is a very good edible mushroom before the ink starts dripping. 
    I have eaten these several times and I am alive.
    Btw. a story. When I was living in N�rnberg I had a neighbour. He was 85. He introduced me to Mushrooms. Schopftintling was his favorite and he used to say to me: I have eaten them and am still alive. A very nice gentelman. He was an engineer specialized on elevators. In appartment was in the third floor, but he always used the staircase. He did not beleive in the young generation engineers. "I use only elevators, that I have maintained" he said.
Mushroom-1 Schopftintlinge: here my first mushroom-info.
yesterday while walking I found these Mushrooms Schopftintling (Coprinus comatus). There were plenty of them but many with black gills (absolutely not to eat) and many, even good and young ones were just
laying on the ground.
unfortunately many people don't appreciate mushrooms and dont handel them properly. But that is how it is.
Yound Schopftintling are very good edible mushrooms as long as the gills are white. Within a couple of hours from collecting the gills get black. So I collected them while on my way back and later had a delicious soup.
Mushrooms are normally not cleaned with water, with a soft kitchen brush or with a piece of cloth the dirt should be removed. And the soup always contain a bit of sand or soil.
In a couple of days i shall visit this place again to see if more mushrooms are there.
I think Schopftintling is also found in India.
For more Info:
Hooghly Today : Coprinus comatus (Mull.ex. Fr.) S. F. Gray ? : Attachments (11). 3 posts by 2 authors.
This one is growing on dead drumstick (Moringa oleifera) tree (possibly)
efi page on Coprinus comatus 


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