Coprinus micaceus Glistening Inkcap.
This is a very common fungus in Guernsey, and will appear almost all year round after some rain, although it is mainly found in the Autumn. It occurs on dead wood, old trunks and stumps, mainly in woody areas. The cap is a golden brown and oval, reaching the size of a large egg, with grooved margins. It is always in clumps of c. 5 -20 fruit bodies. The stipe is white and reaches about 10cm. Gills are dark brown to black. The whole mushroom darkens with age, and only last a few days. It gets its name from the appearance of the cap when in its prime, which is covered in a granular dust, whitish when young, then turning a shining gold, like minute flecks of mica. This is not apparent when wet or old. This species is edible, but without much flavour and very collapsible!