Observation 133515: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2013-05-12
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Recognized by sight: A cut/broken stipe base that continued to develop.

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A common reason for finding “beheaded” morels…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-05-13 22:41:38 PDT (-0700)

is that slugs girdle the stipe and topple the cap. They act like little lumberjacks. Then, they devour the cap. I have seen examples where the slugs are still at work on the stipe.

Also, a turkey may chop off the top of a morel as a means of getting at insects inside.

It does look like the base of a morel Daniel…
By: Jon Shaffer (watchcat)
2013-05-13 18:40:02 PDT (-0700)

I realize lol but it sure would’ve been a big one and the color is orange. In Juniper woods with mixed hardwoods and some flowering trees.

In California, maybe.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-05-13 14:39:17 PDT (-0700)

“Deep in the forest and surrounded by old morels…” sounds like you found one of the mycorrhizal Morchella species.

Do you remember what kinds of tree were nearby?

Now that you mention it, it does look bitten off. Deer?

not in this case….
By: Jon Shaffer (watchcat)
2013-05-13 12:52:31 PDT (-0700)

Deep in the forest and surrounded by old morels, about half a dozen of them. Three really old ones with in one foot, un-picked. No one had been in this spot.

Lo the lowly morel
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-05-13 11:36:01 PDT (-0700)

People insist on beheading it. Leaving it without means of propagation. So sad.

Created: 2013-05-12 14:33:39 PDT (-0700)
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