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Could someone please identify this mushroom? Found in a garden situated in a mild Western European country.


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Looks like shaggy ink cap, Coprinus comatus, to me.

Blacksmith37's answer suggests that shaggy mane is the usual common name. I hadn't heard that name until I looked at the Wikipedia page. In the U.K. it is shaggy ink cap, inkytop, inkhorn or lawyer's wig.


This is a good general source of information. Also comatus (Latin) means hairy.


I think the more common name is Shaggy Mane , related to "inkies" and "micas". It is too old to eat when it gets pink, then black liquid. In the Midwest US they come up early spring and fall in the same spots. .... Sorry,I meant to imply that was the name in the US. It is a good beginner mushroom ; hard to confuse with anything poison.

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    $\begingroup$ Re: "too old to eat" (or rather, the implied inverse). The standard disclaimer applies: Never rely on identification from random people on the internet to determine if a mushroom is safe to eat. Also, never consume any mushroom you're not 100% sure is edible. $\endgroup$
    – R.M.
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ ^^ from the wikipedia article on the mushroom: "The mushroom can sometimes be confused with the magpie fungus which is poisonous." $\endgroup$
    – Jeutnarg
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ So... Does the goo actually act as a stable pigment? $\endgroup$
    – The Nate
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ @TheNate No - in fact the inkcap fungus is unusual, in that if it is harvested, or after it has shed its spores, the whole "cap" turns into black goo and auto-digests itself! But they are good to eat if they are picked young and eaten as soon as possible after picking. $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 1:33
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, don't eat this mushroom and consume alcohol. There is a substance in the mushroom (marketed as drug under the name Antabus) causing a prolonged hangover. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 17:16

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