On mulch outside Audubon House, Irvine, Orange County, CA. 12/02/12.
© Peter J. Bryant

Harefoot Mushroom

Coprinellus flocculosus

Psathryellaceae

Identified by Joanne Schwartz.

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Time-lapse video
of growth and deliquescence
(Note the insects abandoning the cap towards the end).
On mulch outside Audubon House, Irvine, Orange County, CA. 12/02/12.
© Peter J. Bryant

10:36am

Fruiting bodies dissolve into black ink after a few hours: a process called deliquescence. 4:08pm

The common name refers to the resemblace between this early fruiting body and the foot of a rabbit.

Early fruiting body opened up to reveal that it is hollow.

On mulch outside Audubon House, Irvine, Orange County, CA. 12/02/12. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Elizabeth Way, Tustin, Orange County, CA. 3/16/16. © Joanne Schwartz