Extremely young, small specimens
Pair in first image are in-situ on fallen log that was suspended about a meter off the ground (and fairly intact).
The stipes of all collections of this species in AK that I saw were more intensely purplish than most central CA collections I see.
Gyromitra infula, commonly known as the hooded false morel or the elfin saddle, is a member of the ascomycete mushrooms in the family Helvellaceae. The dark reddish-brown caps of the fruit bodies develop a characteristic saddle-shape in maturity, and the ends of both saddle lobes are drawn out to sharp tips that project above the level of the fruiting body. The stem is white or flushed pale brown, smooth on the outside, but hollow with some...