Observation 44133: Gyromitra Fr.
When: 2010-04-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Numerous specimens emerging from a flower bed on the south-facing side of my home. See Arora’s description of a “gyrose (lobed and wrinkled)” form in Mushrooms Demystified, p. 795. Mistook it during last year’s emergence for a Gyromitra. Stipe smooth, round and centrally hollow, unlike that of Helvella lacunosa (whose cap this wrinkled form resembles).


Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 4 Photo
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 4 Photo
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 12 Photo: Tubular, single-chambered stipe with black, wrinkled cap.
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 12 Photo: Broken, largest specimen (index finger for size), showing center of tubular stipe lined with loose, cottony pith (bottom). Base of stipe (top) and underside of cap (middle) also shown.
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 12 Photo: Close-up of stipe and cottony pith.
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 12 Photo: Dorsal side of cap of large specimen.
Copyright © 2010 RW Rockwell, PhD
April 12 Photo: Location where found – growing underneath Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia) in my front planter.

Proposed Names

-46% (4)
Used references: MD by Arora, bottom photo p. 795
56% (2)
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By: RW Rockwell (Fungal Cowboy)
2010-04-12 13:52:43 PDT (-0700)

Perhaps the additional photos from a few minutes ago will be of some help. The stipe is tubular, with a single chamber containing a loose, white, cotton-like pith. The invariably black caps do not remove easily from the stipe, but rather begin to “unfurl” before removal. The largest specimen I’ve seen to date is the one pictured. All are growing directly underneath Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia) and, like this specimen, can be difficult to remove without breaking.

Unfortunately, Debbie, I do not have a microscope at home yet. Living in a very rural setting (wilderness on one side, national forest on the other), I don’t have local access to one either. I would be happy to dry these specimens and send them out to someone for spore analysis.

Thank you both for your suggestions.

It reminds of
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-04-12 09:21:36 PDT (-0700)

something called Gyromitra longipes in Scandinavia. Even if ascos usually look fine in the microscope (they are fun to watch there), it’s not easy to separate different species by measuring spores:
http://ddr.nal.usda.gov/... (p. 25)

This collection should be dried and saved for a herbarium, because it doesn’t look like any of the proposed names, and it’s hard to beleive that this is the same as a scandinavian one..

do you have a scope at home?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-04-12 08:42:05 PDT (-0700)

ascos are great fun to look at under the scope, and their IDs become a lot easier: Verpa bohemica has huge spores w/out oil drops; G.esculenta has smaller but still largish spores with twin oil drops.

Also, for simple in hand ID, the cap attachment in the two species vary…the bohemica cap will pop off easily, gyromitra cap is firmly attached.

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