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Fungi: Ascomycota: Pezizomycetes: Pezizales: Discinaceae: Gyromitra gigas (Krombh.) Cooke, 1878

Gyromitra gigas – Snow false morel

Synonyms: Discina gigas, Helvella gigas, Maublancomyces gigas, Neogyromitra gigas.

Common name: snow false morel.

Russian names: Strochok gigantskiy, Strochok bolshoy, Strochok ispolinskiy.

Extract from Wikipedia article: 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. 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. A similar species, Gyromitra montana occurs in North America.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-04-27.htm">April 27, 2017</A>
LinkSnow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, April 27, 2017
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188695
Snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) in sand on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-04-27.htm">April 27, 2017</A>
LinkSnow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) in sand on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, April 27, 2017
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188695
Several small snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) in sand on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-04-27.htm">April 27, 2017</A>
LinkSeveral small snow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) in sand on a forest logging site near Hallojarvi (Gorynskoe) Lake near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, April 27, 2017
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188695
<B>Gyromitra gigas</B> on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-05-27.htm">May 27, 2017</A>
LinkGyromitra gigas on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 27, 2017
Location on mapsulitsa Professora Popova, 2к1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197022
Mature snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) with spring pinkgill mushrooms Entoloma vernum on roadside near Lembolovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-05-15.htm">May 15, 2019</A>
LinkMature snow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) with spring pinkgill mushrooms Entoloma vernum on roadside near Lembolovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, May 15, 2019
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188695
Snow morel mushroom (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) on mushroom show in Peter the Great Botanical Garden of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-05-24.htm">May 24, 2019</A>
LinkSnow morel mushroom (Gyromitra gigas) on mushroom show in Peter the Great Botanical Garden of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 24, 2019
Mature snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) on roadside in a forest near Okhta River in Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-01.htm">June 1, 2019</A>
LinkMature snow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) on roadside in a forest near Okhta River in Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, June 1, 2019
Location on mapsUlitsa Gruntovaya, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188664
Mature snow morel mushrooms (<B>Gyromitra gigas</B>) in grass near a road in a forest near Okhta River in Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-01.htm">June 1, 2019</A>
LinkMature snow morel mushrooms (Gyromitra gigas) in grass near a road in a forest near Okhta River in Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, June 1, 2019
Location on mapsUlitsa Gruntovaya, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia, 188664

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Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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