Gabled False Morel
Reddish brown, lobed, wrinkled cap; whitish stalk stuffed with cottony tissue. Grows singly or in groups in mixed woods. Late March–May. Cap wrinkled, often with large, saddle-shaped lobes; reddish brown outside, buff-tan inside; cap margin is not fused to the stalk; interior is chambered. Stalk enlarges toward base; whitish; texture grooved to smooth; stuffed with cottony white tissue. Spore print clear to white. Spores magnified are elliptical, smooth.
Lookalikes: Big red false morel (Gyromitra caroliniana) is more brainlike than the gabled false morel, which has large, saddle-shaped lobes. The big red false morel also has a cap margin that is fused to the stalk. Some people confuse true morels (Morchella spp.) with false morels, though spending just a little time comparing them and reading descriptions should prevent any confusion.