Scientific name: Coprinus comatus
Synonyms: Shaggy Mane, Lawyer’s Wig, Shaggy Ink Cap, maotou guisan
Natural habitat: In parks and grasslands. Occurs on the entire northern hemisphere.
Appropriate substrate: Mushroom cultivation compost
Usage: Edible mushroom, vital mushroom
The mushroom contains plenty of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and niacin, but only little sodium; in addition, 20 free amino acids have been proven to be present in its proteins, among which are present all of the 8 essential amino acids (which the human body cannot produce by itself and therefore have to be ingested additionally)! Coprinus comatus contains the polysaccharide fucogalactan, great quantities of lectins and L-ergothioneine.
Spores: black, 11 - 15 x 6.0 - 8.5 µ , ellipsoid, with a germ pore at one end.