When: 2008-05-22

Collection location: Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray region, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

This observation refers to the pale-colored ones on the left and right side of the photo. In Kuo et al. 2012 the blonde ones I see in central BC can really only be either M. esculentoides or M. prava.

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I’ve been calling the top ones are M. brunnea, the bottom ones ???, and the side ones M. esculentoides or M. prava.

Proposed Names

-92% (2)
Recognized by sight
4% (3)
Recognized by sight
7% (2)
Used references: Kuo et al. 2012
30% (2)
Used references: vertically arranged pits, although without a cross-section it’s hard to see the indentation (sinus) where cap attaches to stem. Kuo et al., 2012.
83% (1)
Recognized by sight

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I aim to please!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-05-07 08:58:05 CST (+0800)
Heck with the naming
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2015-05-07 08:54:12 CST (+0800)

I like Jason’s composition for color of the background and thoughtful placement of edibles!

By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-05-06 07:07:20 CST (+0800)

is the name used by western NA Fire Morel hunters in reference to Morchella tomentosa. They also call this type “blondes.” This morel starts out as a nearly black “fuzzy foot” button, expands to a dark gray morel, and in some cases becomes blonde-yellow at maturity.

None of what I see here is what the commercial hunters call “grays.” These all look like “naturals” to me.

Case of too much love…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-05-31 12:17:18 CST (+0800)

I actually think the nomenclatural mess is the result of too much enthusiasm and a lack of clear macroscopic species concepts. Some (mostly more recent) species are pretty clear (e.g., Morchella atrotomentosa (Moser) Bride, Morchella rufobrunnea Guzmán & F. Tapia, Morchella semilibera DC.), but there seems to be a group of older species that are really hard to differentiate and reliable assign to clear modern species concepts (Morchella angusticeps Peck, Morchella crassipes, Morchella deliciosa Fr., Morchella elata Fr., Morchella esculenta (L.) Pers.).

Same as “western blonde”?
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-05-30 18:00:44 CST (+0800)

Are “grays” the same as what Michael Kuo calls “western blondes”? I find it bewildering that something so cherished is so poorly known! Perhaps specimens tend to disappear and the evidence eaten…

By: Administrator (admin)
2008-05-30 16:09:30 CST (+0800)

I think the ones you are calling M. esculenta in this shot are what the commercial pickers call “Grays”. The nomenclature for Morchella is a mess. Even the recently published and much anticipated “Ecology and management of morels harvested from the forests of western North America” doesn’t really attempt to to separate out the scientific names, but essentially ends up using the distinctions used by the commercial pickers.