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The oak leaves are the size of squirrel’s ears, so clearly it’s morel season. But careful with your foraging. Mixing up your smoky, nutty morels with a handful of Verpa, Hellvella, or Disciotis could destroy your liver or rupture your red blood cells. Check out this Special Mushroom Issue of Economic Botany to look up some pictures of edible mushrooms in the wild before you go picking. More serious foragers, may appreciate the review of this Michigan morel field guide useful. For some deeper scientific exploration into fungal physiology and genetics, try the journal Mycologia.


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Economic Botany, Vol. 62, No. 3, Special Mushroom Issue (Nov., 2008), p. 341
Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Mycologia, Vol. 82, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1990), p. 283
Mycological Society of America
Taylor & Francis, Ltd.