Immature Alcohol Inky Cap
Sculpture, acrylic paint by "Wildman"
Mature Alcohol Inky Cap
Note the inky, black gills, and the cap's pleated margin.
Alcohol Ink Caps Disintegrating
The spores are black
The white, hollow stalk is 3-6 inches long, 3/8-3/4 inches thick.
Alcohol Inky Cap Split Lengthwise
Note the gills blackening from the bottom up, and the hollow stalk.
A faint ring near the stalk's base soon disappears.
Alcohol inky caps grow clustered, in wood chips and grass, throughout North America (and much of the temperate world), from spring to fall in the east, late fall to early spring in California.
Alcohol Ink Caps Emerging
Note how tightly these mushrooms are clustered.
Alcohol Ink Cap Cluster
Young, emerging alcohol inkies with white gills like these are the ones to eat.