Glistening Inkcap Coprinellus micaceus (Bulliard) Vilgalys, Hopple & Jacq. Johnson    Synonyms: Coprinus micaceus, Glistening Inky Cap, Mica Cap.
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Agaricales   >   Family Psathyrellaceae   >   Genus Coprinellus   


Found in dense clusters in grass or on decaying hardwood.


Cap: Tawny with orange-brown disc, grayish-brown in age; granular scales in button stage, then smooth but grooved; egg-shaped becoming convex in age; margin inrolled, then curls upward in age; flesh thin, whitish. Gills: Grayish-buff, then gray, black as they deliquesce; crowded. Stalk: Whitish, smooth, dry, cylindrical with enlarged base, hollow in age (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 62 records in the project database.

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Glistening Inkcap in Washington Co., Maryland (4/25/2013). Identified by Lance Biechele. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcaps in Howard Co., Maryland (1/20/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcap in Howard Co., Maryland (3/20/2020). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Glistening Inkcap in Somerset Co., Maryland (5/9/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/12/2014). Determined by Anne Looker. Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcap (gills) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/20/2010). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcap in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/28/2018). Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Glistening Inkcap (deliquescing caps) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/21/2009). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Glistening Inkcap specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (4/9/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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