Gyromitra korfii

Gyromitra gigas

Snow Morel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Ascomycetes
Order: Pezizales
Family: Discinaceae
Genus: Gyromitra
Species: G. gigas
Binomial name
Gyromitra gigas
(Krombh.) Cooke 1878
Gyromitra gigas
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Mycological characteristics
smooth hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium attachment is not applicable
stipe is bare

spore print is yellow

to buff

ecology is saprotrophic

or mycorrhizal

edibility: choice

but not recommended

Gyromitra gigas, commonly known as the snow morel, snow false morel, calf brain, or bull nose, is a fungus and a member of the Ascomycota. G. gigas is found in Europe, western North America where it is common in mountainous areas in coniferous forests, and eastern North America where it is found with both conifers and hardwoods. It is referred to as one of the false morels, due to its similar appearance and occurrence in the spring and early summer in similar habitats to true morels (Morchella ssp.). It is edible if properly prepared but should be avoided due to variability and similarity to other more toxic species of Gyromitra.

This scientific names G. montana and G. korfii have been made synonymous with G. gigas based on an analysis of spore morphology.

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