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Gyromitra Mushroom Toxicity

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Thousands of mushroom species are studied and collected by amateur mushroom hunters, but only a handful cause death. False morel mushrooms (eg, Gyromitra esculentaGyromitra ambiguaGyromitra infula) can cause fatal poisonings.
 These mushrooms are found on the ground or on rotten wood, are orange-brown to brown, have no gills, and have convoluted brainlike caps that are occasionally saddle-shaped. Gyromitra species fruit in the spring, and most poisonings occur during spring or early summer.

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