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|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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