At Home in the Fire Pit
Growing in amongst the charred wood in my fire pit I found this single Coprinus lagopides. The mushroom measured about 1 1/4". C. lagopides. As it first emerged the cap was covered with a white coating of veil remnants. This diminishes with age and, as with other Coprinus sp. this mushroom turns black. Spore print is purplish black. The preferred habitat of C lagopides is charred wood.
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Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club