Gyromitra fastigiata
    In Kansas the morel season usually begins about April 10.  If the morels are not fruiting yet, Gyromitra fastigiata usually is.  It is not normally found in large quantities, but is the most abundant of the false morels in Kansas.  Called elephant ears due to its wrinkled lobes, it is easy to spot and recognize.
    The mushroom is also known as Gyromitra brunnea.  It contains gyromitrin which converts to
monomethylhydrazine, a toxic compound, as a product of hydrolysis during the cooking process.  No fatalities have been reported from eating this mushroom, but a noted mycologist can testify to being very ill after consuming it.  It should definitely not be eaten.
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