When: 2012-04-01

Collection location: Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Called variously M. augusticpeps group or M. elata group. Of course these Euro species names do not directly apply here. But from a macro point of view, such groupings seem reasonable.

First collection of the season was March 23, a new record for me. Old record, April 5 2010, when I found one “black” follwoing an early heat wave.

Dry weather has inhibited the spreading of the patches. With more favorable conditions a given patch of blacks appears to expand both up the ridge as well as down onto the flat area as the season advances. This year’s small patches have all been nearby Tulip Poplar trees. Waiting to see if (hopefully!) improving conditions will get a few later blacks out around the ash trees.


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According to my understanding
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-04-17 09:33:00 CDT (-0400)

of the recently released NA morel taxonomy update, the correct name for this mushroom is Morchella angusticeps.

Morchella brunnea is a species of western NA, and therefore, does not apply to this collection.