Observation 69242: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2011-06-12
No herbarium specimen

Notes: These blonds were fruiting beneath young vine maple saplings in a Ponderosa pine canopy. Pretty late in the season for us to find these at this elevation(1,900ft).

Temp: 70’s sunny dry.

Proposed Names

92% (2)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight
27% (1)
Used references: pits perhaps more random than strongly vertical, although hard to see the indentation (sinus) where cap attaches to stem. Kuo et al., 2012, Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States
27% (1)
Used references: maybe pits are vertical enough? Hard to see the indentation (sinus) where cap attaches to stem. Kuo et al., 2012

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
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hear hear
By: BlueCanoe
2012-04-18 19:56:22 CDT (-0400)

Thanks Tom, and everyone else, for working on such difficult fungi!

hey blue
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-04-18 19:16:48 CDT (-0400)


such a subtle character
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-04-18 19:16:22 CDT (-0400)

is unlikely to be verifiable from images here unless they have been subjected to some kind of color correction/calibration. the first image in this ob. is partially shaded by green leaves, through which some sunlight invariably passes, perhaps casting a green tint on the morels directly beneath. Or if not these seedlings then perhaps the canopy above. that could be responsible for the slight green coloration, or it’s a white balance issue, or an artifact of certain displays. without the photographer’s word that a grey card or some other color correction instrument was used, we can’t be sure that what’s in the frame even roughly approximates what was observed in the field (in terms of color, that is).

While you’re here, Tom, I couldn’t help but notice that the appendix of color images seems to suffer from some the same calibration issues. Color being such a finicky character in Morchella, I would have expected this most recent paper to be hyper-diligent in making sure color be displayed as “accurately” as possible, something akin to the Swedish Cortinarius: Flora Photographica volumes.

Of course, my hat goes off to you a dozen times over for the triumph that is the whole of the article, it’s understandably imperfect parts aside. We’re all happy to have had the opportunity to look at this beloved genus with fresh eyes and fresh names, all thanks to your work and the work of your co-authors.

green light?
By: BlueCanoe
2012-04-18 19:08:04 CDT (-0400)

I assumed that the greenish tint to these morels was a white balance issue due to light filtered through leaves, and I assumed it was a non-burned forest since fire wasn’t mentioned. If that’s near to the true color, then I agree, it changes the interpretation completely.

green morels
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2012-04-18 18:56:50 CDT (-0400)

From Kuo et al. 2012
"Since several of the M. septimelata collections studied had greenish pits (F 06150404, F 07140404, F 07070401, and F21 07070408) or pinkish pits (F 07070408), M. septimelata has probably been included in commercial collectors’ concept of the “pickle,” and in the concepts of the “pink morel” and the “green morel” set forth in Pilz et al. (2004, 2007); however, several M. capitata specimens also had greenish pits, and specimens of M. sextelata also had pinkish pits. Morchella septimelata was treated in Kuo (2005) as one of several “Other North American Black Morels” appearing in 3 burn sites."

So not likely to be M. escluentoides.

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