An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide – maryholland505@gmail.com

Shaggy Manes Dissolving

Shaggy Mane, Coprinus comatus, is one of a group of mushrooms known as Inky Caps. Both of these common names reflect the appearance of the mushroom at different stages of its development – the cap has white, shaggy scales, and as the mushroom matures its gills liquefy into a black substance that was once used as ink.

Most Inky Caps have gills that are very thin and very close to one another, which does not allow for easy release of the spores. In addition, the elongated shape of this mushroom does not allow for the spores to get caught in air currents as in most other mushrooms. The liquefication/self-digestion process is actually a strategy to disperse spores more efficiently. The gills liquefy from the bottom up as the spores mature. Thus the cap peels up and away, and the maturing spores are always kept in the best position for catching wind currents. This continues until the entire fruiting body has turned into black ink.

NB: WordPress has not been attaching the photograph that accompanies each post that is emailed to readers. I am working on getting it fixed, but meanwhile, if this continues, you can click on the title in the emailed version and it will take you to the Naturally Curious website, where you can see the photo. So sorry for the inconvenience.

Naturally Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to http://www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com and click on the yellow “donate” button.

5 responses

  1. Stephanie

    Sadly I just learned about this mushroom on Facebook. A dog owner had lost her pup because he ate these mushrooms.

    October 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

  2. susan musty

    Just want to remind you shaggy manes are so delicious they cook down though so need a bit to make a meal. Thanks, Susan

    >

    October 28, 2020 at 9:00 am

  3. Alice

    Poisonous/bad for dogs & delicious for humans…there are foods like that…chocolate, for one. The 3 photos were at the top of the email. Mushrooms change so much in a short time. I’ve been taking pictures of a yellow/orange fly agaric, in a meadow behind our house.

    October 28, 2020 at 10:06 am

  4. mmwm

    The photo (tryptich) was part of the post in the email I received today.

    On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 8:04 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” Shaggy Mane, Coprinus comatus, is one of a group of > mushrooms known as Inky Caps. Both of these common names reflect the > appearance of the mushroom at different stages of its development – the cap > has white, shaggy scales, and as the mushroom matures” >

    October 28, 2020 at 12:18 pm

  5. Hi Mary,
    I note that you’ve been having some issues uploading photos to your blog (as I have). Did this occur when you were trying to use photos taken with your phone? I spent a bit of time with WordPress tech support this morning. We tracked down the issues to how the photos are exported from the phone/photos app. Let me know if you’d like more information. You can reach me directly at john@restinglion.com

    Cheers,
    John

    October 29, 2020 at 8:47 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s