Sunday, January 20, 2013

A lovely, pleated mushroom

This pretty mushroom was discovered growing in my garden on the side of the driveway.

It is pleated, papery thin and over an inch in diameter.

Intrigued by its delicate nature and soft colors, I was hellbent on identifying it and, I believe, I've been successful

It is Parasola plicatilis or  Coprinus plicatilis with the common names of Japanese Parasol and Pleated Inky Cap.

Only a Mycologist (those who study mushrooms), though, would be able to tell me if I was, indeed, successful.

But the fairies, whose domain is the mushrooms and toadstools, surely would agree that it is a lovely parasol, which they use, I am sure, on the finest occasions.

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