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"Verpa bohemica: Morels, True or false?

Among the Pezizales are the Morels, both True and False; since the True are choice edibles and the False can kill, it matters to tell them apart. Scan a cross section; in the True, head and stem are a continuous hollow tube; in the False, the head is attached to a semi-solid or many-chambered stalk over which it billows in a frenzy of tangled entrails or extruded brains.

Then, there are the inbetweeners; right, mad-mopped Verpa bohemica; some experts call it "True", some say "False", all say unpredictable - edible but capable of afflicting even long-term aficionados (especially those who pig out too often) with muscular incoordination, confusion, and dismay."

In publication, Page 33: "Reflections on the Fungaloids" by B.L. Williamson, Ottawa, 1992. ISBN 1-894572-65-3

Details

  • Title: Verpa bohemica
  • Creator: Williamson, Beatrice L.
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 x 20.4cm
  • Type: Artwork
  • Rights: © Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature
  • Medium: Watercolour and gouache over graphite on card

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