Observation 91602: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2012-04-02
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Fruiting in my burn pile in the back yard.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Recognized by habitat and appearance as the “burn-site” Morchella. Easy to grow these, provided the burn area is in direct contact with soil. A chef I spoke to several years ago from Depot Bay noted they also were growing from a discarded box he had received M. angusticeps in the month before. Stamets notes Morchella mycelium can cross a 3.5" Petri dish in a day. Based on my own cultivation experience, I see no reason to doubt it. Don’t be surprised, though, if Morchella suddenly appear many yards distant from where you originally seeded them. In Washington I had them appear nearly 60 yards from where I had created a morel bed back in 1994.

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new Morchella names
By: BlueCanoe
2012-04-12 18:04:22 EDT (-0400)

Based on new work, I would guess this is either M. importuna or one of the western burn morels (M. tomentosa, M. capitata, M. sextelata, or M. septimelata). This is not, as described by Kuo et al., M. angusticeps, which is limited to eastern North America and is more narrowly conical.

Kuo et al., 2012, Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States

stuff burning at my house:
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-04-03 12:44:32 EDT (-0400)

Douglas fir, Western Hemlock, apple tree, berry vines, paper trash, cardboard, clothing….

This has been my burn pile for 3 years and I last burned three weeks ago.

I believe Kou’s latest work regarding Morchella is just coming out. I heard word of over 23 species, I doubt the average American Joe will be able to call these anything but Morchella anymore.

Morchella is good enough for me.

very cool
By: BlueCanoe
2012-04-03 12:21:13 EDT (-0400)

Out of curiosity, how long has it been since you’ve burned your burn pile? What tree species are in the vicinity? Any wood chip mulch around?

Some of your photos look like Kuo’s description of Taxon J aka Morchella “importuna”, although that name hasn’t been published yet.

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