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Parasola plicatilis
Japanese umbrella inky, pleated inky-cap, Japanese parasol
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Habitat: Grows in grassy areas and among weedy plants along the edges of woodland trails

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
Identification Notes:

Parasola plicatilis is strongly reminiscent of the small paper umbrellas used to decorate mai tais and other tropical drinks. It usually grows singly or in small to moderately large groups in grassy areas and among weedy plants along the edges of woodland trails and is recognized by its small size, persistent pleated papery cap, lack of a veil, and spore characters (dark brown, strongly lentil-shaped, 9.5--13 x 6--8 x 8.5--10.5 ┬Ám). Several macroscopically similar species occur in Europe, including P. hemerobia and C. leiocephala. They differ in habitat and/or spore characteristics. Whether they occur in the PNW is not clear. The former name for P. plicatilis was Coprinus plicatilis.

Accepted Name:
Parasola plicatilis (Curtis: Fr.) Redhead, Vilgalys & Hopple

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Parasola plicatilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Parasola plicatilis photos.

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