Notes: Nina Filippova found whole fields of these in a mixed birch and aspen forest on the edge of Irtysh floodlands. There was a fire in that forest last year. At first we thought it was Morchella elata but when we found young specimens the difference became clear.
As far as I know it’s the first find of these morels in Siberia (in Russia? In Eurasia?).
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Don’t a number of Morchella species start out gray, then change color over time?
The true tomentosa has that dark, furry stipe even in age, and often has a double-walled stipe.
You might want to run the DNA on these to be absolutely sure.
Of course, we never know what sorts of fungi might have crept over that Bering Sea land bridge! I remember your lovely illustration of a Siberian reddening amanita that looks an awful lot like our western novinupta.
I know them only from Montana/Idaho where they are part of a series of spring post-fire fruitings. First “blacks” (assorted Elata clade) then “blondes” and “greys” (one of the Esculenta clade and M. tomentosa, respectively) then “naturals” or “greens” (unk.).
do you remember if these were heftier/thicker than a typical morel? those from Montana are notoriously so, often drying to many times the weight of other species.
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