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Shaggy Ink Cap

Shaggy Ink Cap
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Copyright: Ron Franklin (ronfranklin) (31)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-09
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W17
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2] [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-09 18:46
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Latin name: Coprinus comatus

Size: Grows to 30cms tall, and around 5cms in diameter.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to November.

Habitat: Meadows, woodland edges and road verges.

Special features: The long scaly cap of the shaggy ink cap is sometimes called the 'lawyer's wig', for obvious reasons. The white gills inside go black with age and then start to decompose.

The black inky fluid which then drips out, gives the fungi its name.

Pic taken in the graveyard of St Helens Church Sefton

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