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Poisonous Plants in GB

48 49 coMMon ink cAp sAtAns boletus Coprinus atramentarius Boletus satanas Common Ink Cap. Family Coprinaceae. Found in tufts associated with buried wood. This pale greyishbrown capped mushroom deliquesces as it ages, meaning that the edges of the cap gradually dissolve into a black ink like substance which contains the spores necessary for the regeneration of the species. Do not consume alcohol within 24 48 hours of eating the common ink cap. This mushroom contains a very similar substance to the drug Antabuse that is used to treat alcoholism, and although tasty and edible, alcohol renders it poisonous, causing violent sickness and palpitations. The ink from this species was once collected by monks and boiled with cloves for use in writing. A similar species, the lawyers wig or shaggy ink cap, Coprinus comatus is better recommended for eating because it does not cause a violent reaction when consumed with alcohol. It too deliquesces the caps are removed from the stems and are good to eat before they turn inky, after which they are best suited to making a salty gentlemans relish or mushroom ketchup. Satans Boletus. Family Boletaceae. Found mostly under broadleaved trees, this is an uncommon offwhite capped relative of the edible porcini or penny bun mushroom, but unlike the penny bun or cep the sponge like pores beneath the cap are red, and it has a red netlike pattern on the stem. This is one of the few mushrooms in the porcini group that are actually poisonous. If eaten, Satans boletus causes violent gastrointestinal poisoning and can in some circumstances cause death. It is very dangerous indeed, so it is probably safest to avoid all redpored boletes.
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