Magpie Inkcap / Autumn / Toxic
Magpie inkcaps grow in deciduous woodland, preferring beech trees and alkaline soils. Occasionally they can be found in damp shady grassland. Often a single mushroom or very small numbers grow in one spot.
Magpie inkcaps are bell shaped mushrooms with a long white stem and an awful smell.
Dark brown cap with white fibrils, starting off egg shaped, becoming long bell shaped. The cap can reach upto 7cm, at maturity the cap will start to deliquescing (liquifying into its spore mass)
Tall white stem which is floccose (covered in wooly tufts) its bulbous at the base.
Adnate or free gills which are white, turning red then black as they deliques
Strong unpleasant chemical smell
Can be used as an ink for writing
This mushroom is toxic and must not be eaten
Shaggy inkcap, common inkcap