Observation 20615: Gyromitra esculenta (Pers.) Fr.

When: 2009-04-25

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

From the same site as obs. 10471 ( http://www.mushroomobserver.org/10471 ) but nearly one year later. As with obs. 20614 ( http://www.mushroomobserver.org/20614 ), they were small, only two cm or so, and there were only a few of them. At this site I only spotted three. I expect to see more, and for them to grow larger, over the next several days.

The first photograph shows the largest of the three. The second shows the same one three days later. It seems to have grown somewhat and is apparently being nibbled on by slugs. By this time I could find five or so in the same general area. The third photo shows this same one after another five days.

The fourth shows a single one found some distance away from the others, down a slope and maybe 20 meters away, on May 3. (The other two false morel patches are much farther away than that, and in the opposite direction.)

The fifth and sixth photos were taken on May 11. The one depicted in photo #5 was in the main fruiting-area; the other one was near a junction of trails close to this area. It’s about as close to the small group (and the site of the much larger fruiting in May 2008) as the one found down a slope on the third, but in a different direction, east instead of south.

The seventh and eighth photos were taken on May 21. They show a previously unnoticed one growing along the side of a path that leads from another path through a clearing filled the thornbushes and then into the open pine woods where the others in this observation were found. This specimen was with three or four others near the other end of that path — on the opposite side of that clearing from where the earlier photos were taken. The seventh photo is mainly lit by natural light and the eighth is mainly flash-lit.

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