Verpa conica

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Verpa conica

21 April 2008 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Thimble Morel

Cap

Thimble like, often irregular, smooth, slightly convoluted, or reticulated, yellowish to reddish brown, open at the base, and attached to the stem at the apex, to about 4cm across, typically 2cm

Stem

Equal, whitish, thin walled, hollow, to about 10cm high

Flesh

Whitish, thin, brittle

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

With hawthorn, favouring chalk soil

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (20-25) x (11-15) µm2

Edibility

Edible, poor

Notes

Young specimens could be confused with Gyromitra esculenta, though the habitats are quite different

Additional Photographs

Verpa conica

May 2000 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Verpa conica

May 2000 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin