Observation 71811: Morchella snyderi M. Kuo & Methven

Found alone on the side of an OHV trail at 8,575 ft. Mostly spruce present.

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Morchella species
By: BlueCanoe
2012-03-20 10:20:28 CST (-0500)

I agree, Timothy, that looks like some kind of black morel. A lot of people are holding off on giving specific scientific names to morels, since recent DNA analysis has shown there to be a lot of not-yet-described species that are hard to distinguish from each other macroscopically. See:

O’Donnell et. al, 2011, Phylogeny and historical biogeography of true morels (Morchella) reveals an early Cretaceous origin and high continental endemism and provincialism in the Holarctic (PDF)

Michael Kuo, MDCP Morel Taxa

This paper isn’t out yet, but it will give new scientific names to 14 species of Morchella in North America:
Kuo et. al, 2012, Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States (abstract only)

Black Morel
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2012-03-20 03:03:06 CST (-0500)

Morchella elata or Morchella conica

I do not know much about the black morels, that one looks nice and fat though.

Your right.
By: Jeff Riedenauer (Tamsenite)
2012-03-20 02:11:33 CST (-0500)

In this area at this elevation it’s mostly California Red Fir and Douglas Fir. Some Ponderosa Pine.

tree species
By: BlueCanoe
2012-03-20 00:09:16 CST (-0500)

There are no species of spruce (Picea) native to the central or southern Sierra Nevada Range. Fir (Abies) or pine (Pinus) perhaps?

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