Deliquescence

Hare's foot inkcap
Hare’s foot inkcap

Coprinopsis lagopus fungus look vastly different in their immature and mature forms.  The immature fruiting body resembles a small furry paw, hence the name hare’s foot inkcap.  As the fungus matures, the caps shrink so that the rim turns up to form a shallow, black-ribbed, translucent bowl.  Within a day these fruiting bodies melt into black ink – the process of deliquescence.

This fungus is of similar diameter to a £1 coin so we were lucky to see it lurking beside the track in the leaf litter under the broken beech.

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