Thimble Morel - Verpa Conica

Description

Verpa conica is a curious springtime mushroom. Its cap hangs free from the stem, rather like a little thimble on the end of a pencil. It is not a true morel since its cap is not at least partially attached to the stem, and there are other differences. The cap is a reddish-brown to olive-brown colour when fresh and varies from 1.5 to 4 cm across.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually found on the ground in woodland or well wooded places. It may have a preference for neutral to calcareous soils.

When to see it

Late spring.

UK Status

Fairly widespread in England and Wales but not particularly common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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