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Gyromitra infula   (Hooded false morel)
Family
Discinaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
2-8 cm diameter, 2-13 cm tall, including stem
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
Gyromitra infula, also known as Hooded false morel, 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 colour 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 brainlike; varies in colour (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, coloured like the cap or lighter.

Similar species include the deadly poisonous Gyromitra esculenta.

Gyromitra infula on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.




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