Observation 202211: Morchella americana Clowez & C. Matherly

When: 2015-04-02

Collection location: Oconee National Forest, Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)

No specimen available

Mixed hardwoods near creek.

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Recognized by sight: Yellow morel, no groove between cap and stem, randomly arranged pits, stem mealy granular at apex
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April 25th
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2015-04-06 18:27:32 PDT (-0700)

Is the earliest documentation of Morels that I have on record on my computer. I believe that I may have found some at an earlier date in the early 1980’s at Heller’s Orchard In Wapwallopen, Pa, but those records have long since been lost or destroyed. That old orchard was located about 300’ from the Susquehanna river and was replaced by younger trees in which I have found nothing over the last six or seven years. It is composed of dwarf trees with a shorter life span than other species of Apples. Perhaps they can be found in this area again after a few more seasons. There was another spot in the vicinity where I found Morels under very old Apple trees that have long since decayed. This area produced quite well for four to five years and then the quantity of mushrooms found decreased rapidly until nothing more could be found. These trees have been completely decomposed, and the property owner does not give permission to hunt for mushrooms among the many Ash trees that are on his property in this area. Sais la vivre.

Yes, Phil
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-04-06 17:55:36 PDT (-0700)

we were hunting in hardwood bottoms near creeks. The soil was fairly moist but not sopping wet. Most of what we found had been around for a while as this area of Georgia has had warm weather off and on for a month or so.

Actually we are retired too which gives us more time to travel to new spots. We make an annual trek to Maine and back and try to find new routes—and new mushrooming areas. This trip was specifically to find morels as we’ve been unable to find them here—very scarce due to our arid climate!

When will morels start to appear in your area?

Thanks Teri
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2015-04-06 17:27:13 PDT (-0700)

If Sycamores were present you were probably in a damp area or near a stream of some sort. I once found some morels near Sycamore by the Susquehanna river in Shickshinny, Pa. and a few hundred yards upstream they were also found under some very old Apple trees that were cut down to construct a hiking trail. So much for that spot! Also My grandson and I found about twenty or so morels under an almost dead Poplar tree at Francis Slocum State Park in Pa, but unfortunately we never found them there again. Don’t remember if the trees were big-tooth or little-tooth Aspen. Both type are present in my area. You two seem to travel quite frequently in search of elusive fungi. Must be nice? If I could find a job like yours I would come out of retirement. Thanks again. Phil. Oops, almost forgot that my friends and I also found Morchella dimunitiva in an Ash/Hickory forest, and M. Punctipes along with Verpa conica under Ash in a different location.

Hi Phil
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-04-05 19:18:02 PDT (-0700)

Yes, there were sycamores and some kind of Populus I think (judging by the spade like leaf) but mostly ash. It is my understanding that they are mycorrhizal with ash and other hardwoods. In Arizona they are found with Populus fremontii I know.


By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2015-04-05 17:33:06 PDT (-0700)

Teri/Donna. Nice photo. Are those Poplar leaves in the background? I’m curious as to the ecological niche were they were found.

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