When I went outside to fetch the newspaper this morning I was greeted with the sight above — Pleated Inkcap Mushrooms galore — in a mulched corner that’s slowly being converted into a flowerbed. Depending on the source, the botanical name for these mushrooms is either Parasola plicatilis or Coprinus plicatilis.
Other common names for these small mushrooms, which can quickly appear overnight following rain, include Pleated Inky Cap, Japanese Parasol and Japanese Umbrella.
The almost ground level photo above highlights the narrow stalks of the many, many hundreds of mushrooms that popped up overnight.
I originally discovered these mushrooms at about 6:30 AM and took these photos around 8:30 AM. About an hour and a half later I headed back outside with my camera to get a few more pictures. The mushrooms were gone!
According to Project Noah “…this is a short-lived mushroom that appears after rainfall. It matures, spreads its spores and decays all within 24 hours…” So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they disappeared so quickly!
I guess I’ll need to head outside early tomorrow morning if I want to catch another glimpse of these little mushrooms!