Conical cap (Verpa conica)Systematics:
- Department: Ascomycota (Ascomycetes)
- Subdivision: Pezizomycotina (Pesizomycotins)
- Class: Pezizomycetes (Pecicomycetes)
- Subclass: Pezizomycetidae (Pecicomycetes)
- Order: Pezizales
- Family: Morchellaceae (Morels)
- Genus: Verpa (Verpa or Hat)
- Type: Verpa conica (Conical cap)
- Multiple cap
- Verpa conical
The conical cap ( lat.Verpa conica ) is a type of mushroom from the morel family. This species is a false morel, has a similar cap with morels.
A small finger-like mushroom with a conical thimble. Thin-fleshy, fragile fruiting bodies 3-7 cm high.Longitudinally wrinkled or smooth cap with a diameter of 2-4 cm, brown or olive-brown, adhered to a smooth, whitish, hollow stem 5-12 mm thick and 4-8 cm high Elliptical, smooth, colorless spores 20-25 x 11-13 µm. The color of the cap varies from olive to dark brown.
Edible but of mediocre quality.
It grows on calcareous soil, near hedges, among bushes.
Sometimes confused with morels (Morchella).