4 responses to “Coprinus comatus”

  1. Matt

    I might also add that it’s a good time to look for C. comatus. We’ve just had two weeks of rainy weather (here in Washington), and the Shaggy Manes are usually some of the first mushrooms to pop up. With their tall, shaggy, columnar caps,they’re easy to spot, especially in urban areas: just start looking around empty lots, sides of roads, curb plantings, lawns, etc. A couple of years ago, I found dozens of them clustered around the base of an electric bank sign.

  2. Douglas Justice

    It is interesting that the term (auto-) deliquescence comes up here. In teaching about plant identification, we use the term deliquescent (a gradual melting away) to describe the branching pattern of many deciduous trees (compare with the term “excurrent”; i.e., with a central leader and more or less horizontal secondary branches, like a Christmas tree). A somewhat more metaphorical use of deliquescent, but ultimately, less gooey.

  3. Matt

    A “gradual melting away” is a good way to describe what happens to most mushrooms in the genus Coprinus. If you’ve ever seen one in the middle of auto-deliquescence, you won’t forget it. Often times, I encounter just tattered remnants after the process- tall stalks mounted by stringy, spider-like blackish shreds.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Matt – indeed, it is the time of year. This photo was from this time last year (Oct. 10), taken just a few steps outside of the garden’s admin building at @ 100m above the Strait of Georgia. I also saw some a week and a half ago in Manning Park on a mountain at @ 1700m.

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