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Verpa conica, Shepherd's Close

Observed: 9th May 2012 By: martinjohnbishopmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

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Hi Martin, I'm no fungi expert but could there be more than one species here ?

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Sterry & Hughes says usually

Sterry & Hughes says usually wrinkled, occasionally more convoluted.
Perhaps there is Morchella semilibera mixed in?

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I am fairly sure these are

I am fairly sure these are all Verpa conica. Great find.


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The odd thing is that the

The odd thing is that the site is noted for Morchella semilibera!

jhn7's picture

Terrific find!

Thanks for the link from chrisbrooks' obs - I'd missed your super collection. I've often been to Wildlife nature reserves supposedly noted for a particular species and never found them! Strangely I'd come across your site link earlier this evening doing a google search for Semifree Morels but it was a little too far for me.

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I received this from Sheila Wells

I have looked at your photographs on iSpot and they are definitely of Verpa conica, (Thimble Morel). It was first recorded from Shepherd's Close in April 1998 when we counted over 198 fruitbodies under elm and hawthorn.

On the same day we counted 165 fruitbodies of Mitrophora semilibera, (Little Morel). It was a bumper year for these two species and was also the year when Sarcoscypha coccinia (Scarlet Elfcup) was discovered there in March. So although it is not the most exciting of reserves, it is a goldmine for ascomycetes.

Sheila Wells
Huntingdon Fungus Group