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False Ink cap

Podaxis pistillaris (L. pers.) Morse


elongated, shaggy, white toadstools or fruiting bodies; some patches with concentrations of toadstools over areas about 3 x 10m. The caps of old bodies appear to split lengthwise to release brown spores and dry out to desiccated brown remnants


along the verges of a newly constructed road. In places they are emerging directly through the graveled shoulders of the road. They appear in profusion after rain (which does not come very frequently)


also seen along the sides of more settled, established sandy tracks but not so obvious due to the existing vegetation. One wonders what the fungus is feeding on along the new roadsides which are composed of sand and gravel with, as yet, no established vegetation

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C.Sydes 6 years ago

Thanks for your interest. I recently came across some further information that suggests this is the false shaggy ink cap, that does not produce ink but degenerates into a column of brown powder, I haven't got the details yet to edit the spot, I hope to bring them next time I come to town

écologically...you have found the Shaggy ink cap, that we know in France,
but macroscopically (if i look a its squamulous stem), you have à closer familly.
I'm going to search!!!

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Central District, Botswana

Lat: -23.33, Long: 27.01

Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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