Belongs to: fungi

Shaggy ink cap Coprinus comatus

Also known as: lawyer's wig

Best time to see: late Aug to end Oct

Key facts

Slender fungi whose caps look like lawyers' wigs, growing in small groups on lawns and roadside verges

The caps auto-digest (deliquesce) within a day or so of appearing, creating the dark, inky fluid that gives them their name

Good to eat while the gills are still white

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