Wordless Wednesday – Dissolution of the shaggy ink caps


Shaggy Inkcaps have been popping up in the garden over the last two weeks. At first the fruiting bodies are tall, white (ish), narrow ovoids, with slightly torn surfaces


As the caps open to a more bell-like shape the scales peel away giving them the appearance of cascading hair, hence the other common name: Lawyer’s Wig


Once ripe, the gills and rim of the cap start to turn black


The mushrooms begin to ooze and drip black, spore-laden ‘ink’


Within a matter of hours the cap will almost completely deliquesce (liquify) leaving just a stalk topped with a small disc.


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11 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Dissolution of the shaggy ink caps

  1. Sam says:

    Fascinating (and I’ve learnt a new word – deliquesce – thank you!).

  2. sharonfreedman says:

    Lucky you having these in your garden. Have you been eating any?

    • No, I rarely catch them before they go black and I haven’t been brave enough. They are said to be very mild tasting, but you are advised not to drink if you are eating them because alcohol may react with the coprine in them (as is definitely the case with their cousins Coprinopsis atramentaria, nick-named Tipplers’ bane)

  3. Brian Skeys says:

    Interesting to see the cycle through.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I’ve learned a new word today: ‘deliquesce’ 🙂 Great series, Allison!

  5. Amazing, have never seen that before. Great set of pics and I too love the word deliquesce – now to get it in to as many sentences as I possibly can over the weekend.

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