Observation 138231: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2013-06-27
No herbarium specimen

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Having recently returned…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-08-17 09:56:55 PDT (-0700)

from hunting Fire Morels at high elevation in Idaho, I’m now second-guessing my initial proposal that the ones seen here in Dan’s post represnet the “conica” types. At least a few of the larger ones look like “grays”, that is, Morchella tomentosa. The small one seen on the far left appears to be one of the “conica” types.

If conditions are favorable…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-07-02 05:00:16 PDT (-0700)

Rocky Mountain Fire Morels may persist at high elevations until the first snow! Collectors sometimes harvest them until October. At least one different species follows the “conica”. Morchella tomentosa eventually becomes the dominant species of burn morel… around late July.
http://mushroomexpert.com/morchella_tomentosa.html
IMO, this “fuzzy foot” type is a better quality morel from the culinary point of view. This type is rather perplexing in its varying developmental forms. Begins as a small tight button, almost completely black, and if it’s growing in a sunny area it often loses virtually all of the fuzziness and ends up looking like a blond cross between the black/yellow types.

Then there’s the “greenies.” Michael Kuo seems to believe that this large morel is a late-season version of the septimelata/sextelata types that I believe you have posted here. But I think the jury may still be out on the large green type(s). I haven’t found any myself, but a friend did send me some dried samples.

septimelata or sextelata
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2013-07-01 18:32:34 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the names Dave!

I was pleasantly surprised to find morels at the end of June.

Looks like one of the Fire Morel types…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-07-01 17:52:14 PDT (-0700)

that western NA hunters call “conica.” This is the early-ocurring burn morel. If I am correct, then either of two species names applies, Morchella septimelata or Morchella sextelata.

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