Thimble Morel

Verpa conica

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Thimble Morel Verpa conica (O. F. Müll.) Sw. (illustrated (f) 60% life size) Fruit body 4–9cm high. Cap pendulous, ovoid at first, then becoming bell-shaped, attached to the stem at centre; dark olive-brown. Stem cylindrical; whitish, covered in brownish granules arranged in irregular horizontal bands. Spores 20–24×12–14¼, elliptical. Asci 350×23¼. Habitat under hawthorn scrub on chalk soil; late spring. Occasional. Said to be edible but not worthwhile.

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