Observation 202398: Morchella rufobrunnea Guzmán & F. Tapia
When: 2015-04-07
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Construction last summer peeked our interest for the coming Spring season. Every time we have ever come across this species(mostly near Olympia, WA at sea level) it has been beneath a power source(lights, power boxes, ordering window at starbucks drive through, etc.). We have had success with monitoring any and every summer construction site the following April. Mostly you will come up lucky for at least one season, sometimes two in a row.

Importuna has vertically aligned ridges(ladder like).

Smell: strongly spermatic in primordial stage, fades quicker than with stored M.snyderi or other “naturals”.

Elevation: 1500ft.

Temp: mid 50’s, raining.

UPDATED IMAGES 4/7/17 14:50: Cleaned and fried morels with recipe.

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Image of morels home and processed for cleaning. Dredge with farm fresh eggs/milk- Then coat in 1/3 ratio of baking flour and ground saltine crackers. Homemade aioli-Sriracha,mayo, garlic powder and lemon juice.
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Image of morels home and processed for cleaning. Dredge with farm fresh eggs/milk- Then coat in 1/3 ratio of baking flour and ground saltine crackers. Homemade aioli-Sriracha,mayo, garlic powder and lemon juice.

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Just noticed-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2015-04-08 12:42:01 CDT (-0400)

All but two of my observations for M.importuna have been found beneath Lamp Posts… Subtle electrical current definitely a factor for fruiting cluster locations. Almost, always beneath or within ten feet of an electrical current of some sort. I have debated doing the pos/neg wire trick in soil with Morchella spawn from time to time. I would just simply attach a wire to the positive end and neg end and place the wires around the spawn in soil near fruiting season 9V battery. The timing would have to be perfect, but might be interesting to try against the control substrate… This is a phenomenon I hope more folks will try to key in on while out and about foraging and photographing fungi.

If you can-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2015-04-08 12:31:01 CDT (-0400)

Get up here to Yakima,WA tonight we can treat you Debbie! They’re going fast with that sir racha aioli… ;)

The article I read a few years back from Japan describes direct and AC current being used in shiro’s or beds of matsutake and morel spawn producing ten fold fruiting yields… It also mentioned the old haiku and other poetry directly implying that lightening brought matsutake from heaven… I have been noticing more and more that not only human foot traffic is a factor, but so too is subtle electrical current during fruitings of various urban fruiters. Don’t forget we harvested fresh matsutake at a McDonald’s parking lot a few years back… I always assume electrical presence whenever these massive fruitings are near power boxes, light posts, building vents,etc… Especially species in the Psilocybe, Morchella, even Boletus edulis group… Some mycorrhizal, some asco, some simply are opportunistic. Just making a suggestion for urban hunters to be mindful of electrical factors and fruiting occurance.

I most definitely hope WE WILL get to make you and David a meal one of these seasons soon!

Fungally,

Drew

when’s dinner??! ;)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-04-08 11:38:40 CDT (-0400)

is your “power source” connection merely coincidental? I suspect so. Disturbance and wood chips or other small, tasty to morel debris seems to be the critical factor.

I found this sp. for the first time at the Muir Woods Bioblitz last March, right along that very heavily upon walked trail. Human disturbance can take many forms.

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