Growing in the “American Fire” zone of 2013.
Spores ~ 15.3-25.0 X 11.9-15.3 microns,ellipsoid and no oil droplets.
These match fairly closely to Kuo’s Morchella capitata which was superseded by Morchella exuberans.

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Spore in Congo Red @ 1000X.
Spores in Congo Red @ 1000X.
Elements on sterile ridges in KOH @ 1000X.
Elements on sterile ridges in KOH @ 1000X
Elements on sterile ridges in KOH @ 1000X
Elements on sterile ridges in KOH @ 1000X.

Proposed Names

-44% (4)
Used references: Ascomycete Fungi of North America by M. Berg, Alan Bessette, Arleen Bessette.
Taxonomic revision of true morels in Canada and the United States; Michael Kuo et. al. Mycologia 104(5) 2012.
46% (5)
Recognized by sight: DNA analysis is need to differentiate NA burn morels (excepting M. tomentosa)
56% (4)
Used references: Pierre-Arthur Moreau
Based on microscopic features: Occasionally has capitate cystidia
Based on chemical features: 100% ITS match with the holotype of M. septimelata. Not a very good match for M. eximia.

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Morchella is way too broad
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2018-06-24 20:22:11 CDT (-0400)

A 5-year old can tell you it’s that. This can be easily promoted to Morchella sect. Distantes if the generalists think septimelata is unwarranted.

OK…thanks for the clarification Igor.
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2018-06-24 20:05:47 CDT (-0400)

I like the M. septimelata approach but the generalists seem to want to prevail on this one.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2018-06-24 19:35:58 CDT (-0400)

“voucher 163773” is this observation. That’s what GB does – it matches the search query to its own record there.

The GenBank record
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2018-06-24 19:32:04 CDT (-0400)

will need to be changed to another, yet to be determined name b/c it still says M. exuberans, and we now know these two are not contaxic.
Is the 99.4% match with M. septimelata JQ723041 enough to raise the ID confidence to promising? That sequence is only <500 bps long though. One of the 3 mismatching characters is a gap at the end of a homopolymorphic region, so it can probably be ignored.

????When I do the Blast
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2018-06-24 19:25:13 CDT (-0400)

it shows a 100% match to “Morchella exuberans voucher 167773”????

well hell
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-06-24 19:03:31 CDT (-0400)

that’s no match at all!

Only a 91% match with the holotype of M. exuberans-GB KM587993
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2018-06-24 13:00:34 CDT (-0400) collected in CA on burnt ground under pine and cedar.

why not have Damon put up this obsie here on MO?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-06-24 11:35:41 CDT (-0400)

did you post that sequence to Genbank, Alan? would be good for others to have the ability to run a BLAST and analyse the data.

Most do not have ready access to DNA. Was this morel confirmed by macro and micro characters as well? It is one of the rare burn species that you can actually pull out by sight!

Another sighting of this species
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2018-06-24 05:10:59 CDT (-0400)
I don’t think M. septimelata = M. eximia
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2017-05-19 15:44:43 CDT (-0400)

New information – check your email.

M. septimelata=M. eximia according to Richards et al 2014
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-05-19 09:49:15 CDT (-0400)

Re M. eximia: “=Morchella eximia f. multiformis Clowez, Bull Soc Mycol
France 126(3–4):327. 2012.
=Morchella anthracophila Clowez & Winkler in Clowez,
Bull Soc Mycol France 126(3–4):322. 2012.
=Morchella carbonaria Clowez & Chesnaux in Clowez,
Bull Soc Mycol France 126(3–4):326. 2012
=Morchella septimelata M. Kuo in Kuo et al., Mycologia
104(5):1171. 2012.
= Morchella eximia f. acuminata (J.Kickx f.) Clowez Bull
Soc Mycol France 126(3–4):329. 2012 (sensu Clowez,
And further: "All collections from Europe, Turkey and
North America (as Mel-7 or Morchella septimelata)
share an identical ITS sequence, except for the
holotypes of M. septimelata and M. carbonaria that
possess slightly divergent alleles (FIG. 2). The present
and previous multilocus phylogenetic analyses have
resolved all these collections as a single genealogically
exclusive lineage (O’Donnell et al. 2011; Du et al.
2012a, b). "

GenBank MF085525
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2017-05-19 07:49:25 CDT (-0400)
ITS sequence
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2017-05-11 10:42:16 CDT (-0400)

The closest match in GenBank is Morchella eximia, but this collection has a consistent 13 base pair difference with all the M. eximia sequences in GenBank.


Thanks Ron
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-04-14 00:28:22 CDT (-0400)

I’m no expert but it looks to me like any one of the 3 black PF morels is equally likely given macroscopic and microscopic characters. Definitely Morchella sect. Distantes though. We’ve sequenced some black morels from burn areas in Az and have documented both M. eximia and M. sextelata so far. We plan to do more this season.


I’ve added some micro photos
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2017-04-13 23:28:54 CDT (-0400)

of elements of sterile ridges in KOH.
There were some that I would call capitate to subcapitate but not the most dominant form, which is more represented in the last photo.
Only checked one specimen.

Were there capitate cystidia on the ridges of this obs?
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-04-13 20:13:49 CDT (-0400)

About the chambered stem according to Kuo: “Although just about any morel can develop a thickened, chambered stem if it remains unpicked in favorable growing conditions,…” This specimen looks pretty old so I don’t think we know if it had it when young. Also from Kuo: " Unlike the apparently inseparable Morchella sextelata and Morchella septimelata (now M. eximia), however, Morchella capitata (now M. exuberans) appears to have some physical features separating it: its stem is often chambered and layered internally, and the elements on its sterile ridges, under the microscope, are “capitate,” which means they have roundish swollen ends. That’s my theory, anyway, based on examination of seven collections, six of which were fresh." The key is the last sentence—a theory based on a small sample.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-04-13 19:53:19 CDT (-0400)

all you need to do is to look for the capitate cystidia on the ridges … or cut the base and look for that internally folded and chambered stipe.

this burn morel is both morpho and micro distinctive from eximia and septemelata.

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