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Observation 133638: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.

When: 2013-05-13

Collection location: Algonquin Woods Forest Preserve, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA [Click for map]

Who: Rocky Houghtby

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Bob might be on to something here…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-05-14 12:34:45 CDT (-0400)

that is one lumpy-looking morel! See Kuo’s description and photos of the oddly lumpen prava here:

Could be a match.

as to “esculentoides”…whether this morel is a DNA match for that proposed Kuo species or not, there are several other morels with identical DNA and priority naming. Not just the recent Clowez morels of M. americana and M. californica, but also the published way prior to Clowez species, Morchella rigida, or Morchella esculenta var. rigida: Morchella rigida (Krombh.) Boud., Bull. Soc. mycol. Fr. 13: 137 (1897).

Stay tuned. Another Morchella DNA paper by O’Donnell and Clowez et al is in the works.

Dude, where’s my tricorder? And is your tricorder only as good as its programmer and data input?

Definitely not…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-05-14 11:21:50 CDT (-0400)

Conopholis americana :-)

Kuo’s opinion is that the elm/apple yellow morels are probably all esculentoides. Young specimens of esculentoides often show colors (the very dark pits, for instance) that fit the desription of prava.

Last year
By: Rocky Houghtby
2013-05-14 07:49:22 CDT (-0400)

I found a grand total of five bug ridden yellows. This year I know how to identify American elm and Ash, so I hope to have great success. Ironically, this just makes morel fever that much worse.

By: Eric Smith (Magnavermis rex)
2013-05-14 07:28:20 CDT (-0400)

That’s a nice haul in my book! Congrats! Are these your first local morels?

By: Rocky Houghtby
2013-05-14 07:25:48 CDT (-0400)

Only 32. They have just begin to flush sporadically.

Nice finds
By: Eric Smith (Magnavermis rex)
2013-05-14 06:04:23 CDT (-0400)

Rocky! Did you get a big haul?