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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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02 July, 2012

Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis)

This is a small inkcap, not one of the coprinus genus, this is a parasola - but it is not a parasol mushroom! The pleated cap gives it is species name of plicatilis. It is common either as solitary specimens or in small groups in on bare earth and in grass in fields, along path edges, lawns, just about anywhere really which makes it very common.

The photograph I have taken is of a newly emerged cap which is dome shaped but it soon opens up to form a classic parasol with pleats, a truly lovely little fungi often overlooked bacuase of its size.

I have no idea if they are edible but in any case they are so small and you would need a good number of them to make a reasonable breakfast that it really is not worth the trouble!
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Find out more about the Pleated Inkcap in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Pleated%20Inkcap?v...