Coprinus disseminatus

(Family: Coprinaceae)
Fairy Inkcap,
Coprinus disseminatus
by: klair


Cream coloured when fresh changes to light Grey as it ages. It's not as melting as other members of this family.The caps start off very small, under a centimetre, and then develop to slightly bigger than a thimble. When young they are a beige colour, but as they age this turns to grey, then black. Stipes are white, downy at base. It is quite common in the autumn, and is not poisonous, but not worth eating.

Pileus (Cap) / Gill:

  • campanulate Shape: Campanulate
  • glabrous Decorations: Glabrous
  • No decurrent tooth
  • crowded Gill spacing: Crowded

Cap 0.5-1.5cm high, ovoid at first, expanding to convex or bell-shaped; pale buff with buff or honey-buff center; deeply grooved, minutely scruffy.


  • equal Shape: Equal
  • unswollen Base: Unswollen
  • none Annulus: None

Stem 15-40 x 1-3mm, hollow, fragile; white with a buff tinge near the base, which is covered in white down; smooth to minutely hairy. Flesh fragile. Spores ellipsoid to almond-shaped, smooth.


Grows on plant material/manure

Habitat in large groups (sometimes hundreds) on stumps and debris of deciduous wood and on lawns and grassy areas.


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