Observation 34269: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2009-05-12
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: A morel with pronounced pinkish tinge in all ages growing almost exclusively under Prunus maackii, an introduced Far East species, or occasionally under Prunus padus. Older specimens turn pinkish-brown, while young ones are almost white with lacy, curved pinkish ribs. The reddish-brown tinge is especially visible on ribs.
A local mycologist proposed from looking at these pictures that it’s a growth form of the Black Morel, M. elata. I’m inclined to disagree with this opinion – they are too different (see photo with both species). They also look different from M. esculenta (which is rare or absent in the area around where I live, I haven’t seen it here).

Another observation of this species is reported from near St. Petersburg, Russia, where it appears annually on a single small patch.


Two Morchella elata fruitbodies are on the left for comparison.
This is one of a group that was growing under a large Padus maackii near my house.

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