Snowy Inkcap

Inkcaps deliquesce – self digest as they age, which assists in the release of spores. A young snowy inkcap (Coprinopsis nivea) has a pure white cap, a fragile, hollow stem or stipe, nearly free gills and black spores. The cap’s chalky or mealy appearance results from the remnants of its veil. Snowy inkcaps grow primarily on cattle dung, as were these specimens near Ash Creek (Lassen County CA) slightly upstream from the Lower Campground.

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