“The process by which a substance absorbs moisture from the atmosphere until it dissolves in the absorbed water and forms a solution” (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Go on then, deliquesce, you know that you want to.
This is a post about the Glistening Ink Cap, Coprinellus micaceus.
I have two very interesting things to show and tell you about the Glistening Ink Cap.
Wikiwotsit says it is, ” a fine layer of reflective mica-like cells.”
I can only say, “this is what it looks like.”
I have got some absolutely tiny little specimens in front of me and none of them show a complete and unbroken veil. I am just assuming that it is a veil for the purpose of protection because that is the only reason that I know for a mushroom to have a veil. (and some books do say that is what it is)
So that is the Glistening, now lets get on to the deliquescence.
Another name for this phenomenon is autodigestion. I don’t like to think that this mushroom eats itself, I think that it deliquescifies (Why is that word underlined in red?) but then I am a romantic.
The young caps start of with white gills.
The Glistening Ink Cap is edible. You have to get to them before they start to deliquesce and cooking stops that process.
Your window of opportunity is fairly narrow.
This Ink Cap is saprobic, it feeds on decaying wood. Sometimes that decaying wood is buried underground and it appears to spring from the grass.
That is my post about the interesting Glistening Ink Cap.