False morel type mushroom that came up in the same area (usually along an unused track, later on the bank above) over a number of years. I haven't seen it lately, nor have I ever seen it elsewhere.
Growing single. All brown with saddle shaped cap. Looks just like another species except all brown instead of purple stipe.
cap irregularly shaped, dark reddish brown with veins of stronger pigment; stalk strongly flattened and oval, colored concentric rings visible in cross-sectiongrowing in a group at the base of a fallen Ponderosa Pine.
Based on Arora's key in Mushrooms Demystified I'm suggesting G. infula, False Morel.
observed by Mr. Bill
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...