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Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus)
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus) is a common, widespread, and showy mushroom. When young and fresh, the tall cap is oval to cylindrical, covering most of the stem. During this phase, the mushroom is edible and has a mild flavor. Also known as shaggy ink cap, this species dissolves into an inky muck as it ages - a fascinating process known as autodigestion.
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus), young mushroom, suitable for eating. Solano County, California.
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus). Mature, inky mushrooms (left, inedible) and young mushroom (right, edible). Solano County, California.
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus), mature, inedible mushrooms in the inky phase. Solano County, California.
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