Identification: Fairly large fungi under a cherry tree

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I neglected to measure these mushrooms, but I think they were something like 14 cm tall, maybe 6 cm in diameter. The were growing under a Prunus 'Ojochin' (growing on its own roots) at UBCBG. I don't think I have ever seen this type before. Are they common around here?
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    vitog Well-Known Member

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    They are pretty common during wet periods in both spring and fall: Shaggy Mane mushrooms, Coprinus comatus. They are quite a good edible, but need to be cooked or processed quickly, since their gills deliquesce (turn into black ink) soon after reaching maturity.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, vitog. I've even heard the name. There is a Botany Photo of the Day on it: Coprinus comatus, with excellent links that still work 13 years after they were posted, including a thread with photos taken by Daniel Mosquin in the UBCBG Asian Garden.
     
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