Observation 203832: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.

When: 2015-04-24

Collection location: Packwood, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Abundant flushes of Calypso orchid surrounding this single Morchella species. Fruiting singularly-Natural setting. All of our first guidebooks from the PNW claimed Calypso orchid and “Black” Morchella fruited commonly together. This is the first time we have witnessed this phenomenon firsthand. Single fruiting, natural setting(non burned), black cap, reddish tones to stem base(older specimen) indicate M.brunnea.

Elevation: 1500ft.

Temp: low 60’s.

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Note: abundant Calypso orchid growing around fruiting body.
Hand and Calypso orchid for scale- Lara in the distance.
Hand and Calypso orchid for scale- Lara in the distance.
Hand and Calypso orchid for scale- Lara in the distance.

Proposed Names

19% (2)
Recognized by sight
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: stipe too fat and furrowed at base to be brunnea; cap too old to tell much of anything. reddish color probably decay. still … nice shot of a morel in the calypsos!

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Merely decay-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2015-05-07 09:56:11 PDT (-0700)

I think. Most all morels, it seems will exhibit the reddish discoloration to stipe(almost the same as G.esculenta exhibit in age) when old. I am glad we have been getting a more and more keen lens with Kuo and others keys(your upcoming site with BAMS included!) into Morchella. I have been just placing all morels I find as “Morchella” on MO until I feel completely, or at least somewhat sure of my ID.

Thanks for all the correspondence with this process again, Debbie- I love learning more about this morel knot getting untied… You’re climbing the key mountain!

Usually, M. snyderi, Morchella importuna and most burn site morels are pretty identifiable macroscopically for Lara and I. Others that exhibit multiple cross characteristics with similar Morchella species I will most definitely continue to label “Morchella.”

Thanks again for all your hard work and diligence with keying out not only Morels but all fungi :-)



do “reddish tones” to stipe …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-05-05 12:55:46 PDT (-0700)

indicate brunnea or merely decay?

not saying this isn’t brunnea, just that reddish tones appear on many aging morels.

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