Collection location: Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois, USA [Click for map]
A good day at the MOMS foray. Participants collected many dozens of Morchella (M. Americana and M. diminutiva).Nearing the end of the season here … getting too warm.
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as you describe it, is exactly what draws me back to the woods time and time again … that and a feeling of awe for the complex relationships among species that keep our ecosystems humming along. I believe the curiosity to continually seek a greater understanding of those precious complexities is in our DNA.
simultaneously be such a misery (to ID) and such a delight to find??!
Just another way to keep we arrogant humans humble. The world is a complicated place, beyond what we can imagine. Not all mysteries can be solved, but how great to live in a world full of mystery and delight! And a bit of pain for that important contrast and appreciation of what you have.
I am by no means an expert at identifying Morchella species. This one was ID’d for
me by several experienced mycophagists on the foray. The area where this one (and only one) was found was not near any water or sandy soil whatsoever. FWIW my impression of M. prava is one of a thick-walled, gnarly, disorganized pore surface. Good examples of this can be seen in OBs. # 203448 and # 94033 (especially the last image shows what I picture in my mind when thinking of prava). Both prava and americana have been found in Missouri and southern Illinois (Kuo country).
Just another cryptic genus that seems to be getting more cryptic as time — and research — go on:)
is distorted enough for this to possibly be M. prava?
I have no western (or eastern) experience w/prava, myself.