South Dakota is home to a huge variety of mushrooms, some are delicious and some painfully deadly! This page lists only mushrooms that have a stem with an atypical cap (see above photo). 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 – 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 Esculenta – This mushroom is truly delicious and totally worth the hunting effort! The best way to learn more about this mushroom is to watch my local (Sioux Falls, SD) foraging video where we locate, ID, and cook some morels:
Phallus Impudicus – 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 the outcome in this YouTube video: