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"This common and beautiful mushroom is widely distributed in North America. It grows in clusters on decaying wood--though the wood may be buried, causing the mushrooms to look terrestrial. It can be distinguished from similar coprinoid mushrooms by the fine, mica-like granules that adorn the fresh caps (though rain will frequently wash the granules away). It is variable in color, but typically some version of honey brown or amber." (Mushroom expert.com)
Like other inky caps the gills autodigest at maturity, leaving an inky liquid. (See this video: http://www.youtube.com/v/CXSS2obrDfs) Anti-tumor, anti-microbial, antioxidant properties: http://healing-mushrooms.net/archives/co....