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Gyromitra esculenta, also known as False Morel, has a fruiting body that consists of an irregular, brown, brain-like structure on a pale stem. It grows solitary or in small trooping groups near conifers, typically on acid, sandy soils.
irregularly shaped and 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. The flesh is thin, brittle, whitish to tan and chambered. Stem
attached to the cap at several points. Gyromitra esculenta has an almost solid stipe with several irregular, tube-like hollows inside, whereas those of true morels (Morchella spp.) have just one hollow chamber. Spore print
The spores are ellipsoidal and have a smooth surface. They measure approximately 8-13μm in length and 17-22μm in width. The spores are hyaline, meaning they are colourless and transparent. Typically, they contain two small oil drops, known as guttules, but occasionally they may have multiple guttules.
include Morchella esculenta
and Morchella elata
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