Thimble Morel - Verpa Conica

    Description

    Verpa conica is a curious springtime mushroom. Its cap hangs free from the stem, rather like a little thimble on the end of a pencil. It is not a true morel since its cap is not at least partially attached to the stem, and there are other differences. The cap is a reddish-brown to olive-brown colour when fresh and varies from 1.5 to 4 cm across.

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    Habitat

    Usually found on the ground in woodland or well wooded places. It may have a preference for neutral to calcareous soils.

    When to see it

    Late spring.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in England and Wales but not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map