Observation 66223: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2011-04-24
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Great report, Dan!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-04-25 07:43:49 CST (+0800)

The DC area has been w/o significant rain for the past 6 or more weeks. Last weekend we finally got it, so I am still hoping for a morel or two. I am hard pressed to know of anywhere with Dutch Elm alive or dead. I don’t remember seeing them here, but I saw them in Ohio all the time. Does the bowl you describe have lime based or slightly alkaline soil? Probably not, I think you have to go to SW Ohio before the limestone appears…, There seems to be an opinion out there that asco spores can cause sickness if inhaled (or consumed?) in too great a concentration…, do you think that might have been the source of the stomach upset that you and your friend experienced?

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2012-04-24 16:36:32 CST (+0800)

Hey Martin,

Sorry I missed your comment in the flutter of morel obs a few weeks ago. The mushrooms in this observation are from the same patch as the mushrooms in the following observations:

observation 20407 April 18th 2009
observation 20592 April 25th 2009
observation 44418 April 19th 2010
observation 66223 April 24th 2011
observation 91590 April 2nd 2012
observation 92705 April 12th 2012

This patch is in an elongated shallow bowl in a flat bottom area quite a ways from the nearest stream. I’d say it’s close to 50 yards long and around ten yards wide. There are lots of dead and dying elms there, and it’s the first place to turn green in the spring. It’s an area of high fungal density and diversity, the kind of place where you find a dozen species fruiting together when the rest of the woods are devoid of mushrooms.

I don’t know what Celadon is, but I don’t recall seeing anything like you describe in this spot. The ground cover there is mostly grass, with lots of wild flowers, raspberries, and multiflora rose.

The mushrooms from this patch are delicious, but a strange thing happened with the collection from 2009, observation 20592. I prepared a lunch that consisted of a little bit of steak and loads of morels. My roommate and I each consumed around twenty morels, and we both felt sick later that afternoon. We did not get violently ill, but there was mild nausea, dizziness, and a general malaise which lasted for a couple of hours.

Beautiful Dan!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-04-10 09:46:18 CST (+0800)

You are one lucky mushroomer! Can you report on the culinary experience of these exquisite specimens?

And what are the surrounding trees and habitat? In Rock Creek Park we have a new invasive that has been called Celadon. I makes a beautiful green mat that chokes the small stuff. At first it lined the walking path, but it has shot many yards into the interior. I theorize it to be the competitor of Morels…do you have it? Have you seen it? It has cress-like leaves, a bright yellow flower, and disappears by June.

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