"Bayou Bill" Scifres
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Thimble Mushroom
The thimble mushroom, also known as the bell morel (Verpa conica), is an incidental species in the spring. It will be easily identified by its thimble-like cap usually a shiny tan, somewhat of the color texture of a softshell turtle's back. The stem is, hollow and grainy like those of the other spearhead varieties. It is said to be edible, but it is not found in quantities that would make it worthwhile. I would see no reason to gather it when other spring mushrooms are available. The cutaway picture shows how the stem is attached at the top of the cap.

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