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Lawyers wig (Shaggy ink cap)

Coprinus comatus


Tall grey capped mushroom with shaggy hair appearance. Gills are an intense black and produce black staining spores.


Suburban roadside. I noticed these three conspicuous specimens while driving and pulled over to shoot them.


Ink Caps have a very unusual method of dispersing spores. The fungus digests itself, secreting an enzyme that breaks down its own cells. This is called autodigestion (or deliquescence).

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 20, 2012

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