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The false morels. These large operculate discomycetes have lobed and distorted, sometimes saddle-shaped caps and well-defined stalks.
There are at least two species in New Zealand, the indigenous
and the exotic
. Both are poisonous.
Superficially similar in shape to the morels, but lacking the well-ordered network of ridges found in the morels (see
Found in pine plantations in the central North Island.