Mushrooms with Atypical Caps

This page lists only South Dakota (and Midwest) mushrooms that have stems with atypical caps. If you want to identify other types of mushrooms such as those with a cap and gills, spherical mushrooms, mushrooms with pores, shelf mushrooms, etc. please start on the main mycology page:

Helvella Crispa

Habitat: ground near deciduous trees, saprobe???
Spore Print: white
Season: summer through fall
Notes: I’ve only found this little elfin saddle mushroom one time. Location was inside Sioux Falls near a wooded hiking trail in August of 2022

Morchella Esculentoides

Habitat: ash trees & recently dead elms, mycorrhizal
Spore Print: creamy white
Season: spring
Notes: This mushroom is truly delicious and totally worth the hunting effort! Previously known as Morchella Esculenta. Midsummer of 2021 two friends convinced me to go morel hunting at this hot & itchy forest. The only thing we gained from that experience is the knowledge that morels rarely pop up outside of spring season. In 2022 I found about 40 morels over a three week period. The first one was a complete accident, haha:

Morchella Prava

Habitat: hardwoods near sandy lakes & rivers, mycorrhizal
Spore Print: creamy white
Season: spring
Notes: sooooooo good.

Phallus Impudicus

Habitat: saprophytic. woods, fields, gardens, woodchips
Spore Print: creamy white
Season: summer to early fall
Notes: Commonly known as the “Stinkhorn Mushroom”. The smell is truly horrifying. This is one of the first mushrooms that I ever ran into when I began mushroom hunting and I thought it could be a morel. It had a hollow stem and a brain-like structure on the top. But Phallus Impudicus fruits from a slimy egg-like structure, has a much longer stem, and smells like death. Definitely NOT a morel. With that said, Mushrooms Demystified said the eggs can be fried up and swallowed. You can see what happened when I tried it myself: