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Umbrella Inky Cap
Coprinus plicatilis




Umbrella Inky Cap, Coprinus plicatilisCoprinus plicatilisis a small and fairly common mushroom.  It is often found growing in lawns and gardens. It does sort of resemble an umbrella.









Umbrella Inky Cap, Coprinus plicatilisThis shows the size of the mushroom in comparison with my thumb nail.  You can see that the edge of the cap is starting self digesting.









Umbrella Inky Cap, Coprinus plicatilisHere you can see the gills under the cap.  Notice that the gills are black.  Something has been chewing on the stipe (stem) of the mushroom.









Umbrella Inky Cap, Coprinus plicatilisAs the cap digests itself into liquid, the black spores make the liquid a black color.  Thus the name "inky cap".









Umbrella Inky Cap, Coprinus plicatilisHere you can see the gills under the cap.  Notice that the gills are also brown, and the top of the stipe still shows the lighter color.









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