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Is this a morel or a look-a-like?

 
Devon Olsen
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seperated cap: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783571700/in/photostream

split stem: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783564390/in/photostream

the pit thing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783558236/in/photostream

bottom hole on stem: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783557526/in/photostream

side view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783538382/in/photostream

top view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84123491@N04/7783526594/in/photostream
ok so i found a POSSIBLE morel in the lawn today, the stem was hollow bottom to top, NO cottony parts, no solid areas, the stem was kind of a foamy texture (thats how i would describe it anyway)
the stem had a hole in the very bottom and the very top and was somewhat fatter at the bottom
it had pits and ridges, NOT the wormy look of false morels, it had a deep brown/ almost black, slimy and messy cap
smell is hard to explain in words but i guess i could say VERY strong mushroom smell, almost like hte ones at the store(white button) upon cooking but this wasnt cooked, smell is still on my hands from handling
at the base was a pinkish thing that had opened up to allow the mushroom to fruit
it was coming up on a dead patch in the lawn, only one ive seen so far
what makes me think it may NOT be a morel is that the cap seprated from the stem fairly easily, the pink thing it came out of and the fact that i only saw one, i will post picture soon, but for now im going to leave this up
is it possible to embed photos from flikr or do i have to use photobucket or something?
 
M.K. Dorje
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The mushroom in the photos is not a morel, in fact it looks a lot like a stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus). This stinky species is the source of many jokes and some interesting folklore as well. Although not considered poisonous, the extremely strong odor deters most people (but not flies) from wanting to try it. In fact, flies are attracted to the smelly spore mass odor and they actually help disseminate the spores. Morel season is pretty much over in your part of the country.
 
Devon Olsen
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i almost thought i may have been because of the thing it came out of (the "egg")
are stinkhorns edible? or should i say worth preparing and eating?
thank you for visiting and letting me know

and upon googling, definately a stinkhorn, thanks again, i appreciate it
 
M.K. Dorje
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I'd stick to morels. (Actually, in China the unopened "eggs" of some other stinkhorn species are considered a "delicacy", but it's probably an acquired taste!!)
 
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I'm glad we don't have stinkhorns in Michigan. Looking at the pics I thought it might be a black morel, something else we don't have in Michigan (that I have seen). Thanks for the call M.K.
 
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Although I've never hunted for black morels in Michigan, I've heard that it is one of the best places in the world to look for morels, including black ones. You might want to check out the National Mushroom Hunt (morel festival!) in the Boyne City area which happens every year in May. They even have a morel-picking contest! For more info about the festival and how to find morels, be sure to read "Morels", a book by Michael Kuo. Michael's website is http://www.mushroomexpert.com/- a site loaded with info about morels and stinkhorns.
 
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