Observation 35147: Verpa conica (O.F. Müll.) Sw.
When: 2010-03-27
No herbarium specimen


[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:31 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Butte CO, CA’ to ‘Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Butte Co., California, USA

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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: slightly wrinkled cap. ignore wrong name on plate!
Based on microscopic features: asci with 8 spores each.

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Thanks Debbie.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-03-31 08:38:28 PDT (-0700)

My scope is not powerful enough to make such a determination. However, this is useful info. I’ve recently encountered a question regarding the edibility of V. conica. Given that conica and bohemica can exhibit similar macro traits, the casual pot hunter would do well to consider them as the same (and therefore not eat either of these verpas).

yes. when in doubt, go to the scope!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-03-31 08:21:35 PDT (-0700)

conica has asci with 8 spores; bohemica has asci with two big spores.
sometimes conica can have a wrinkled aspect to its cap (like bohemica), but the microscopy will always tell the tale.

The ID card seen in the photo lists
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-03-31 08:10:28 PDT (-0700)

V. bohemica as the species. Actually, I’m curious about telling the difference between these two verpas. The very few conica that I have IDed were small and had virtually smooth caps. I have found large mature specimens of what I considered to be bohemica in which the cap surfaces had smoothed out somewhat, presumably with age. Any suggestions?

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2010-03-29 16:46:55 PDT (-0700)

so then I just have to put the author’s name below it right?

The creative commons license says “yes”.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-03-29 14:44:49 PDT (-0700)
Beautiful micro picture
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2010-03-29 12:20:22 PDT (-0700)

could I have a copy of it,
to show people how the spores form on these kind of mushrooms?

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