One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed mushroom with a tall, narrow cap and slender white stem, turning into a black liquid after the spores are shed.
Genus Coprinus, family Coprinaceae, class Hymenomycetes: several species, including the common ink cap (C. atramentarius). See also shaggy ink cap
- ‘I have to say I am still a bit puzzled, I don't think they are common ink caps, they are very brown and more sturdy than I would expect, also that very low ring zone with the scales beneath is a distinctive feature.’
- ‘The Common Ink Cap has a smooth appearance without the noticeable shaggy looking outer covering.’
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