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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, 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.

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 mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Куйвозовское сельское поселение
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 mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Куйвозовское сельское поселение
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 mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Куйвозовское сельское поселение
<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 mapsСанкт-Петербург, улица Профессора Попова, 2Ж

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Acknowledgements

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

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