When: 2009-03-05

Collection location: Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

No specimen available

These were found by a friend in a city park under redwood clustered around a sewage or water access door in the ground near where there was a restroom until last summer. Yum!

They were around 6cm across and the pileus was 8.6cum tall. I’ve not seen Morchella in person before but think this might’ve been my lucky day. However, after mistaking Verpa bohemica for Morchella last spring I’m a bit reluctant to get real excited until I hear from you folks.

They seemed pretty old. When I cut one open there was a park’s worth of insect life roaming about inside. More yum!


Proposed Names

2% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Arora, MushroomExpert.com, mykoweb.com
26% (2)
Recognized by sight: blonde morel with rounded pits, rounded apex, doesn’t bruise red. near water in landscaped park.
31% (2)
Recognized by sight: a distorted blonde morel similar to californica but DNA distinctive. Not yet confirmed in CA, but does occur across NA and in the PNW.

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