Conical cap (Verpa conica) photo and description

Conical cap (Verpa conica)

  • 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

Conical cap (Verpa conica)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.

External description

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.


Late spring.

Similar species

Sometimes confused with morels (Morchella).