Coprinus plicatilis

(Family: Coprinaceae)
Fairy Parasol, Japanese Umbrella,
Coprinus plicatilis


Cap 5-15mm high x 9-14mm in diameter. membranous, pleated and so thin that it is almost translucent. Domed, expanding to shallowly convex. Buff to yellowish ochraceous in centre, greying from the margin as it matures.

Pileus (Cap) / Gill:

  • convex Shape: Convex
  • glabrous Decorations: Glabrous
  • free Gill attachment: Free
  • No decurrent tooth
  • crowded Gill spacing: Crowded

The white gills turn grey and then black; they radiate from a collar around the top of the stem. and are thin and quite well spaced. Spores ellipsoid to almond-shaped.


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

30-70 mm long x 1-2 mm whitish. Slender with a slight basa bulb.


Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides

In short grass on lawns and sometimes in parks and meadows, usually in small groups.


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