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Fungi: Ascomycota: Pezizomycetes: Pezizales: Discinaceae: Gyromitra infula (Schaeff.) Quél., 1886

Gyromitra infula – Pouched false morel

Synonyms: Helvella friesiana, Helvella infula, Helvella rhodopus, Physomitra infula.

Common name: pouched false morel.

Russian names: Strochok osenniy, Lopastnik osenniy, Lopastnik infulopodobnyy, Giromitra, Gelvella infula, Gelvella infulopodobnaya, Strochok rogatyy, Giromitra neprikosnovennaya, Smarzhok.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Gyromitra infula, commonly known as the hooded false morel or the elfin saddle, is a fungus in the family Helvellaceae. The dark reddish-brown caps of the fruit bodies develop a characteristic saddle-shape in maturity, and the ends of both saddle lobes are drawn out to sharp tips that project above the level of the fruit body. The stipe is white or flushed pale brown, smooth on the outside, but hollow with some chambers inside. It is found in the Northern Hemisphere, usually in the late summer and autumn, growing on rotting wood or on hard packed ground. G. infula is considered inedible as it contains the toxic compound gyromitrin, which, when metabolized by the body, is converted into monomethylhydrazine, a component of some rocket fuels. The toxin may be removed by thorough cooking. Gyromitra fungi are included in the informal category "false morels".

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

Hooded false morel (<B>Gyromitra infula</B>) covered by mold-like fungus Sphaeronaemella helvellae on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-10-01.htm">October 1, 2016</A>
LinkHooded false morel (Gyromitra infula) covered by mold-like fungus Sphaeronaemella helvellae on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 1, 2016
Pouched false morel (<B>Gyromitra infula</B>) on a rotten log in lower Sergievka Park. Old Peterhof, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-10-05.htm">October 5, 2017</A>
LinkPouched false morel (Gyromitra infula) on a rotten log in lower Sergievka Park. Old Peterhof, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 5, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Петергоф, парк Собственная Дача
Pouched false morel (<B>Gyromitra infula</B>) on rotten timber in lower Sergievka Park. Old Peterhof, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-10-05.htm">October 5, 2017</A>
LinkPouched false morel (Gyromitra infula) on rotten timber in lower Sergievka Park. Old Peterhof, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 5, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Петергоф, парк Собственная Дача

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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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