Irregular, brown, brain-like structure on a pale stem. Grows solitary or in small trooping groups near conifers (pines), typically on acid, sandy soils.
The irregularly shaped Fruiting body
reminds of a brain structure. Initially smooth, it becomes progressively more wrinkled as it grows and ages. The cap colour may be various shades of reddish-, chestnut-, purplish-, bay-, dark or sometimes golden-brown Stem
attached to the cap at several points. Gyromitra esculenta has a solid stipe whereas those of true morels (Morchella spp.) are hollow. The spore print is whitish.
This mushroom is deadly poisonous. Toxins allegedly lost after thorough cooking but, if ingested, the effect is probably cumulative with no immediate symptoms.
Gyromitra gigas, Gyromitra brunna, Gyromitra caroliniana and Gyromitra korfii are often larger and more vivid orange-brown; common in parts of North America.
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