When: 2009-11-18

Collection location: Tongariro Northern Circuit Track, Mount Tongariro, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Clive Shirley (myxo)

No specimen available

Notes:
Morels are believed not to be native to New Zealand and most found are in urban habitats or on disturbed ground and are very rear. As yet I have not found one in 30 years of having an interest in fungi. So to my surprise twice this spring I have been sent photos to identify a mysterious fungi both of which have been found in beech forests. Other then recognizing it as a Morels I have no idea over species. So hoping some one will happen to recognise it!!

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:52 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘tongorio northern circuit track, Mt Tongorio, New Zealnd’ to ‘Tongorio Northern Circuit Track, Mount Tongorio, New Zealand’

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Morchella elata
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-11-30 09:45:44 CST (-0500)

is what we call it in Scandinavia too – and we don’t have that many confusing species here.

Hi Clive,
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-11-30 09:40:50 CST (-0500)

It looks just like our northeastern US Morchella elata. But. We don’t know how to tell them all apart or even how many species we have in the US…