Coprinus comatus or shaggy inkcap is a common edible fungus. The distinctive column shape of these fungi makes them easy to identify. The species may grow up to 20cm high with a diameter 4.5cm diameter.
Edible while young, the species rapidly decays by auto-digestion into a black inky ooze, hence the common name ink-cap.
These examples were observed in Sheps Park.
Location: Latitude: -41.511627 Longitude: 173.927750"
Image Date: 1/4/2017
Photographer: Christopher Cookson