A mushroom! Finally! This species has gills that are nearly free from the stem, appearing a white-ish grayed color. The stem is silky smooth and hollow. They are edible and most appetizing when young.
I was clearing grass from our hops patch when I found these guys in scattered groups. A little digging showed some decomposing wood under the soil which would account for their substrate.
This is an edible species which i've tried several times. These ones went into a delicious pasta sauce.
Micaceus is a member of the inky cap family, meaning that in older specimens, the caps will turn black and oily, eventually dissolving. But while they are young and prime these guys are easy to tell with their small button caps, striations (lines), and especially the gold specks which dot them and reflect sunlight. The stipes are white and the gills are crowded and white-to- black depending on age.
They start decomposing about an hour after you pull them so you want to get cooking quickly!
A small patch going along the underground root of a Black Cottonwood tree. Growing among some leaf litter.
Group of fungi growing on moss and were moist and striated. Cone shaped, underneath a Big Leaf Maple.
Note the tiny flecks on the cap, which give it its name.
glistening inky cap
There were a ton of these entirely covering a log just off the path in the forest.
This is a future Sonoma County Regional Park. About a year or two away.
Same lawn wood-chip pile as the great big Parasol Mushrooms, but much smaller -- caps 2.5 cm across. Think I've got an ID on these. Fits with the info at www.mushroomexpert.com/coprinellus_micaceus.html.
Surrounded by conifers, salal, maple leaves, and bryophytes
this conspicious corpinus was found on the organic farm trail. the cap is yellow to orange near the top with many deep striations. along the striations there are golden flecks, giving it it's micaceus name. flesh is yellow to yellow buff throughout. the gills are autodigesting. growing out of a cut stump.
Growing on side of rotting stump in clusters. Tan/brown striate cap, lon adnate gills. Bell-shaped cap. 4-9 cm tall. Mild odor. Glittery point in striate margins. Found on the Evergreen State College campus.
Cloudy, overcast, drizzle. Near trail on Bastyr U property. Growing in groups on hummus under conifers. 6.5cm tall, cap is 1.5 cm wide. Cap is blunted conical, dusky tan at Alex fading at edge and striated. Edge is wavy and there are very small white pieces along edge. Stem is hollow and white, very slender. Gills are wavy. Spores are black.
Day 3 of this inky cap - now completely liquified
This is Day 2 of the Coprinus beginning to liquify and expel spores
Growing in several places in my condo complex in San Mateo, CA
Glimmertintling (Coprinus micaceus)
Mushrooms I found walking in the early morning in the Union Bay Natural Area. It was in a moist dirt area with many large trees next to a lot of water.