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Todays mushroom is Gyromitra infula (Hooded false morel). The mushroom is Poisonous. It grows in North America, Europe.
Description: This mushroom occurs in late summer and fall--not in the spring, when other species of Gyromitra can be found. Its broadly lobed cap is usually pinched into two lobes, creating a saddle-shaped appearance. Its color is variable.
Fruiting body occasionally nearly cup-shaped when young, but soon becoming lobed with two prominently raised lobes; bald; loosely wrinkled but usually not not brainlike; varies in color (tan to yellowish brown to reddish brown to dark brown); undersurface whitish to brownish, finely dusted, sometimes ingrown with stem where contact occurs. Stem equal to enlarged at the base, stuffed or hollow, round to compressed, sometimes with a longitudinal fold, surface glabrous to subpubescent, colored like the cap or lighter.
Similar species The deadly poisonous Gyromitra esculenta reminds of this mushroom.
Gyromitra infula on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
Dimensions: 2-8 cm diameter, 2-13 cm tall, including stem
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