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(family Coprinaceae)

A genus of fungi which form mushroom-like fruit bodies. The gills are parallel-sided, and typically liquefy (see autolysis) from the lower edge upwards as the spores mature. There are many species. Most are found on dung, but some grow on rotting timber, tree-stumps, etc. Some species are edible. See also ink cap.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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