How to Identify Glistening Ink Caps
Wild Mushroom – Edible not worth while
Glistening Ink Cap, Mica Ink Cap
Meaning of Botanical Name
Coprinellus meaning living on dung (which many of this family do but not this one), micaceus meaning like grains of salt
It must be cooked before it liquifies
Could Be Confused With
Fairy Ink Cap ( These mushrooms are much smaller, don’t have the grainy cap and more grey in colour)
Slugs and the like.
Range and Distribution
Common throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and Aisa.
Growing on or beside broad leaf tree stumps
This mushroom grows in large numbers, the brown caps are bell shaped flattening out with age, with striations and what look like grains of salt on the cap that glisten in the sunlight (these can be washed off by rain). As the cap ages it becomes blackish from the cap edge up to the centre, as the spores mature the cap liquifies to release the spores. The gills are white becoming purplish brown as they age and black when they’re liquifying. The stem is white becoming brownish towards the base and very brittle often snapping under the weight of the cap when picked.
Some research has been done looking into the antimicrobial properties in this mushroom, alongside this, how it can inhibit the growth of certain cancers.
This mushroom is classed as edible but not worthwhile. The flesh is incredibly thin and disappears to nothing when cooked
This mushroom absorbs heavy metals from the soils so avoid harvesting from road sides.