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A user-friendly point-and-click key to the
 M
ushrooms of North America
(Copyrightę1998-2003 Edward J. Polasek)

 

Key 9.2

Ascomycetes
(True morels, false morels, cup fungi, earth tongues)

 

False Morels

 

Does it fruit in the spring?

Yes

Does it fruit in summer and fall?

Yes

 

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Is it bell-shaped; caps smooth or wrinkled, stalk equal and narrow? ...............................

Yes

Is it cup-like, lobed to saddle-shaped; stalk various shapes, often ribbed?

Yes

 

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Is the cap smooth?

Yes

Is the cap wrinkled?

Yes

 

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You have a Verpa conica

 

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You have a Verpa bohemica

 

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Is it not found near melting snow banks?

Yes

Is it found near or under snow banks in the Rockies?

Yes

 

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Is the stalk deeply ribbed, white with red stains; cap large, thin, very brittle?

Yes

The stalk does not stain red? .........  .......................  .........................  ....................

Yes

 

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You have a Gyromitra californica

 

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Is the cap massive, extremely wrinkled, dark brown; grows in the East?

Yes

Is the cap medium, yellow-brown to chocolate? ................................   .........................

Yes

 

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You have a Gyromitra caroliniana

 

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Is the cap saddle-shaped; stalk 1" - 2"?

Yes

Is the cap wrinkled; stalk 0.4" - 1"? ...............................

Yes

 

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You have a Gyromitra brunnea

 

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You have a Gyromitra esculenta

 

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Is the stalk nearly smooth?

Yes

Is the stalk deeply ribbed?

Yes

 

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Is the stalk 2" - 4" tall, thin, white; head saddle-shaped and dark brown?

Yes

Is the cap wrinkled; stalk 0.4" - 1"?

 

Yes

 

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You have a Helvella elastica

 

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You have a Gyromitra  infula

 

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Is the stalk short, white; head cup shaped? ...................................   ..................................

Yes

Is the stalk long, pale reddish to red-brown; head wrinkled, saddle-shaped to wrinkled?

Yes

 

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You have a Paxina acetabulum

 

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You have a Helvella lacunosa

 

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You have a Gyromitra gigas

 

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