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InvisibleATWAR
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Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species...
    #2633919 - 05/03/04 09:31 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Ok, in this thread where I posted a picture of the three types of morels (collected last year), there was some concern that the one in the middle was Verpa bohemica. Since then on my morel hunts I set out on a mission to show the differences between the two. It took some searching but I finally found a small half-free (1 of 2 this year, it's still too early and cool).

Here is the comparison shot, sliced in half so you can see. Morchella semilibera is on the left, Verpa bohemica on the right. Notice the cap connection point, and the fuzzy white mycelium in the stem. The flesh is usually more brittle than morel meat as well.


Here is another shot of a more mature specimen:


And while on my forays today I decided to take some shots of indicator species in my area for the morel season. First is the most important, the cup fungi. These little yellowish ones are the first to appear, telling me to get looking.






Those mushrooms usually appear during or just before the black morel season here. This is important as I like to get out early and collect them when they are small and delicious. When they mature they get thinner and the taste/texture just isn't as good. When morels are small they are very difficult to see so I look upon these mushrooms as an indicator that morels are coming. These mushrooms are usually found growing in the same general area as the morels also, letting me know I am in an area where morels could be growing.

And I stumbled upon something that could be potentially dangerous:



And of course I must post pictures of some black morels. These mushrooms were found growing directly out of the middle of an old fire trail. Interestingly enough, we walked down this trail on our way out two days before and missed all three (third one is just to the right of the photo)...


I love when you?re walking along and they surprise you like that. Morel hunting is like a scavenger hunt for grownups...


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ATWAR]
    #2633952 - 05/03/04 09:37 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ]
    #2633993 - 05/03/04 09:48 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

ATWAR, if you don't mind my asking, whereabouts are you located?


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ]
    #2634058 - 05/03/04 10:01 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

IME I do not find delicioso, just smaller yellows that appear white. I have never found a conical shaped yellow morel with vertical pits as I have seen delicioso described. I always find them in the order of black, half-free, yellow.

You can see the differences in this page. I have never seen them like the ones on the left.


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: Mylz]
    #2634077 - 05/03/04 10:04 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Mylz said:
ATWAR, if you don't mind my asking, whereabouts are you located?




Exact GPS coordinates to my patch:
42.20.00N
83.03.01W

No, just kidding... Northeastern Michigan, lower peninsula.


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ATWAR]
    #2634423 - 05/03/04 11:08 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

on the top pic, the one u refer to as Verpa, in my area we refer to them as "dog peters" and noone eats them, and noone around here consider them to be morels. /shrug


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: iluan]
    #2634625 - 05/03/04 11:50 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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iluan said:
on the top pic, the one u refer to as Verpa, in my area we refer to them as "dog peters" and noone eats them, and noone around here consider them to be morels. /shrug




We call them thimble caps, we do not eat them, and we do not consider them to be morels either (perhaps because they are not). They are look-alikes that could be mistaken for a true morel. My post was supposed to illustrate the differences between the two similar mushrooms when side by side. The Verpa is said to be edible but can cause adverse reactions in some people. In another book of mine it says that if consumed in large quantities or over a few days it can cause loss of muscular coordination. I think it is best to leave it alone...

The half free morel on the other hand...
:inlove: I only wish they were more abundant. I have read some years they are common, while others they are rare. I have only seen the rare side of that equation, perhaps this year will be different...


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ATWAR]
    #2634869 - 05/04/04 12:58 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks for this post, I was hoping for something like this.

Peace - @cro


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Re: Half-free morel, Verpa bohemica, and indicator species... [Re: ATWAR]
    #2635110 - 05/04/04 01:38 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

/me tips hat.

One of the best threads I've seen all year. Thank you sir.


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