I found these morels in an abandoned marijuana farm in foothills park. The guerrilla farming activity disturbed the ground a couple years ago. They were not directly under any trees but there was coast live oak, bay, and chamise nearby. I fried them in grape seed oil until they were well browned, they were delicious.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:30 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Foothills Park, Palo Alto, CA, USA’ to ‘Foothills Park, Palo Alto, California, USA’


Edge of the morel tissue. Cheilocystidia?

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By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-04-17 20:14:40 MST (-0700)

Whoa, your mushroom club does dna analysis? They must be awesome.

Maybe you’re right
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-15 04:59:33 MST (-0700)

you know the story of the three to hundred species, alright? I think there are just about 10 different species, not more….last year we did DNA on many fruitbodies collected in different habitats and looking different and all turned out to be the same. Unfortunately this year no morels are to be found in Austria (first too cold, now too warm and dry)…so it’s a pleasure to look at pics at least.

not mixed
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-04-14 16:15:25 MST (-0700)

I don’t think this is a mixed collection, they were all found within ten feet of each other with no other morels visible for miles. I saved the tips of all of them for microscopy so I could check them out. I think they are just in different stages of development.

Popping out everywhere
By: Nathaniel Segraves (nlsegraves)
2009-04-14 15:29:24 MST (-0700)

It seems that the morels are “Springing” out of the ground all over the bay area right now. I can’t wait to see what the Sierras has in store!!

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-14 15:12:30 MST (-0700)

it seems to be a mixed collection …