Observation 65927: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2011-04-20
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: found at 2,200’ elevation.

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Recognized by sight: early morel at burn site.
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Used references: Kuo M., Dewsbury D.R., O’donnell K., Rehner S.A., Moore J.D., Moncalvo J., Canfield S.A., Carter M., Stephenson S.L., Methven A., & Volk T.J. “Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States.” Mycologia 104.2 (2012): PDF.

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it does look superficially similar to M. “importuna”…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-04-23 00:23:15 CEST (+0200)

but this was no wood-chip habitat.

More info from Winkler…..
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-04-23 00:16:40 CEST (+0200)

“Taxonomy of American morels is not very clear yet. So far this morel was clustered in the M. elata group. The closet description is on Michael Kuo’s The Mushroom Expert webpages as Taxon #J "Its cap features vertically arranged pits and ridges that develop a “laddered” appearance (with sunken, horizontal cross-ribs), and its stem is fairly dark when young. MDCP collections have come only from landscaping areas in the Pacific Northwest, suggesting that Taxon J may be an introduced organism." Michael told me it will soon be described as Morchella importuna."

-Daniel Winkler from http://www.danielwinkler.com/id140.htm

Daniel Winkler of the PSMS
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-04-22 19:55:56 CEST (+0200)

Was the one who first mentioned to me that Morchella “importuna” was going to be published. I do not remember who was working on it.

Kuo refers to it as “Taxon J”
By: BlueCanoe
2011-04-22 19:39:06 CEST (+0200)

His description of the PNW wood chip morel is the only “expert” information about them that I’ve found on the web: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/mdcp/results_legend.html

this looks a lot like the PNW early woodchip morel:
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-04-22 18:58:26 CEST (+0200)

Morchella “importuna,” with its ladderlike rows of pits.

Supposedly this species is in publication. Any more info about it, anywhere accessible? It has been mentioned on the PSMS yahoogroups site and the Shroomery, and there are a few photos of it here on MO.

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