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Autumn delight

Found at Wisley gardens in Surrey, England on 31st October 2011.


Location: North America, Europe

Edibility: Poisonous/Suspect

Fungus colour: White to cream, Black or blackish

Normal size: 5-15cm

Cap type: Conical or nearly so

Stem type: Bulbous base of stem

Flesh: Flesh granular or brittle

Spore colour: Purplish to black

Habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground


-Coprinus picaceus (Bull. ex Fr.) S. F. Gray New syn. Coprinopsis picacea Magpie Inkcap, Spechttintling, Elsterntintling, Coprin noir et blanc, Harkály tintagomba.

-Cap 5–8cm high, cylindrical-ovate to conical, broadly bell-shaped when expanded, white then sepia-grey finally black covered in white to clay-pink patches of veil remnant.

-Stem 90–300 x 6–15mm, with woolly bulbuous base, white.

-Smell unpleasant.

-Gills white then clay-pink, finally black and deliquescing.

-Spore print black. Spores ellipsoid, 13–17 x 10–12um.

-Habitat on alkaline soil, usually in beech woods.

-Season late summer to autumn.


-Said to be poisonous but eaten by some with no ill-effect.


[Fungi details from the very comprehensive site]

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Taken on October 31, 2011