Gyromitra gigas    (Krombh.) Cooke 

common name(s) : Snowbank False Morel 

New classification: Ascomycota/Pezizomycotina/Pezizomycetes/Pezizomycetidae/Pezizales/Discinaceae  
Former classification: Ascomycota/Hymenoascomycetes/Pezizomycetideae/Pezizales/Pezizineae/Helvellaceae  

synonyms: Maublancomyces gigas 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Neogyromitra gigas, Discina gigas, Helvella gigas)  

edibility : deadly poisonous

potential confusions with  Gyromitra gigas toxicity of Gyromitra gigas genus Gyromitra  

The cap is brain-shaped, composed of loosely folded rough lobes, ochre-brown to dark brown, without red shades, with a well differentiated stem, short and white.

The fertile surface is smooth.

It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved woods.

The fruiting period takes place from April to June.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  total height approximately 8 cm (between 5 and 10 cm)

Distinctive features : sorry, no English description yet

Gyromitra gigas is still unreported so far in the forest of Rambouillet, and is rare, more generally speaking .

page updated on 14/01/18