Observation 90423: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.

When: 2012-03-19

Collection location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

Who: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)

No specimen available

First morel I’ve had the pleasure of finding! Seems fitting for a first observation post :)

Found in a hardwood forest with oak, hickory, and maple.


A little reddening at the top and base of hymenophore
Its in my hand!

Proposed Names

-1% (3)
Used references: According to Kuo’s key
44% (2)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: IF this species corresponds to Kuo’s online description of virginiana, this is the validly published name for this morel species.
Used references: “Les Morilles: Une Nouvelle Approache Mondial du Genre Morchella,” by Phillipe Clowez, Bulletin de la Societe Mycologique de France, Tome 126, fascicules 3 et 4, 2012.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-04-12 18:33:53 CDT (-0400)

= European. The two “deliciosoid” NA equivalents, according to Kuo et al. 2012 are M. diminutiva and M. virginiana, which is not at all to say that there aren’t more cryptic species waiting to be described.

if no L.tulipifera nearby
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-04-12 18:22:44 CDT (-0400)

then it’s outside the reported range of M. virginiana as per Kuo et al. 2012. not that their distribution info is inflexible, gospel truth, but worth considering.

Morchella species of the East U.S.
By: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)
2012-04-10 21:21:25 CDT (-0400)

Even though Kuo has identified a large amount of genetic diversity within the genus, only two species are published and recognized as being distributed in the Eastern U.S. Of those two species, this specimen clearly resembles M. deliciosa above M. esculenta. I don’t understand this nonsense of abstaining from designating specific epithets as this will be more informative once a study of Morchella of North America is completed and validly published.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2012-03-20 00:27:10 CST (-0500)

I usually have great hunts in sandy soils (not to sandy), near hardwoods that are close to streams/rivers.

Maybe this will help, happy hunting :)

By: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)
2012-03-19 23:09:26 CST (-0500)

All I can say other than the type of forest (hardwood) is that it was near a large standing dead tree, shaded by shrubby plants, and it was the only thing I found because it was so dry out. In fact I was cursing my luck until I stumbled into it on my way out of the forest. Low elevation.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2012-03-19 21:43:10 CST (-0500)

Could you please describe the habitat?

I have not found any this year, but still have about an ounce of dry Morchella esculenta from last year to hold me over.

I am jonesin for this season to get going.

No Way!!
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-03-19 20:44:26 CST (-0500)

You found one how cool. I still haven’t this year but I’ll bring them in if I do :)
It’s so tiny and pathetic!

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