Identification: help identify

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by wayout, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. wayout

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    I’m a civilian working in Iraq and I came across this. I have very limited bandwidth here so I am having trouble navigating identification sites. Can anyone help me with keying this one? there are no visible gills and the cap is/was fused to the stock.
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink-cap). I don't know if that occurs in Iraq, it could always be a different related species of Coprinus.
     
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    I thought maybe it was a coprinus or shaggy cap, as I recall from botany, however there are no visible gills and the cap, after going to spore, does not completely self digest. It merely dries out and forms sort of a dried bag that develops cracks. I have very little experience with fungi and I thank you for your help.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I'd guess that is because of your hot, dry climate - over here, when they are mature, the gill structure breaks down into drops of spore-bearing liquid, but I can easily see that where you are, the liquid would dry out before it can drip off fully. If you can find a fresh one that has not started to break down yet, you should be able to see the gill structure.
     
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    Podaxis pistillaris, spot on! The images @ http://images.google.com/images?svnu...is+pistillaris, closely resembled variations I've observed. Thanks for your help. Im in southern Iraq and I understand that Podaxis pistillaris is common in Yemen which would explain its' ocurrance here.
     
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    Also known as the desert shaggy mane. There is info about it in David Arora's book "All the the rain promises and more".
     

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