Glistening Ink Cap

  • cap has radial grooves
  • young cap is covered in granules
  • cap becomes black and inky when old
  • clusters at base of trees/stumps
  • spore deposit is blackish
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Look-alikes in Ontario

A number of potentially poisonous mushrooms are superficially similar but do not match all the key characteristics. The less common Coprinopsis romagnesiana differs in that the cap is covered with darker brown appressed scales and lacks granules when young. It interacts with alcohol in a similar way to Coprinopsis atramentaria. Coprinellus domesticus and Coprinellus radians, of unknown edibility, differ in that the young cap is dotted with whitish scales and the fungus forms a mat of orange hair-like fibers on the decaying log that it grows from. The less common Coprinellus flocculosus, of unknown edibility, differs in that the young cap is covered with tufts of whitish, felty warts. The edible Coprinellus disseminatus differs in that it is smaller (under 2 cm broad), lacks granules on the cap, and does not become inky when old.

Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Plants of Ontario
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