Nature Notes

Fairies' Bonnets

Fairies' Bonnets is the common name of this very small greyish bell-shaped fungus of the Ink Cap or Coprinus family. The species has a tiny cap that can be as small as 0.5 inches in size and a stem only about one and a half inches in length. The fungus could easily be overlooked if it weren't for the fact that it has a habit of growing in large groups, often of several hundred or more usually on rotting wood. It is this habit that distinguishes it from other related species. The fine example pictured below was found alongside a footpath near my home, and growing on an old trees stump.

Fairies' Bonnets