The Inky Cap/Coprinus cinereus 

Grey shag (Ink cap)

I discovered these fascinating fragile beauties hiding behind some cut logs I had stacked up and have a pottery bird dish on them. I found a few one year then the next was looking for them, realizing that they appear, progress and then are gone very fast. This is here in southern Oregon, in Josephine county.

Coprinopsis cinerea is a saprobic mushroom belonging to the family Psathyrellaceae and it has been used for decades for studying the developmental process leading to the formation of the multicellular reproductive structure, so-called mushroom.

Inky caps are fascinating mushrooms. They are saprobes, assisting in the decomposition of wood, dung, grassy debris, forest litter, and so on. Most of the species have black spore prints and gills that liquefy, at least partially, as the mushroom matures. The resulting "ink" provides the common name for the inky caps, and can actually be used as writing ink.

From Mushroom Experts.com

 

The Inky Cap Mushroom shots

 

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