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Gyromitra ambigua Mushroom
Ref No: 7852
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location: North America
edibility: Poisonous/Suspect
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink, Brown
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on the ground

Gyromitra ambigua (Karsten) Harmaja Cap 2-7cm across, saddle-shaped to 3 lobed, with an incurved margin; dark reddish brown with a distinctly violet tinge, sometimes almost black when dry; hymenium smooth when young, then becoming irregularly wrinkled. Stem 10-40 x 5-10mm, sometimes irregular, thicker toward the base, hollow; whitish to buff with violet tints. Odor not distinctive. Taste mild. Spores subfusiform to broadly fusiform, with 2 large oil drops, 22-33x 7.5-12. Deposit colour not known. Habitat singly or in groups on barren sandy soil along roads and paths near pine. In New Jersey and possibly other areas. Season September-October. Edibility not known -suspect.

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Krisztina Harasztosi (Canada) - 07 December 2011

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Dec, 2011) road side in coastal pine forest
Gyromitra ambigua
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