"What say you to this , Jim?"
I think I'm going to check out some ash later in the season this
year and look for "Big foot". I had been looking under Ash earlier
in the season without much luck.
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> It isn't any of my business...I just sit over here in Ohio and
sort of listen in on your Yahoo Group and perhaps run my mouth a bit
too often. That aside... I was wondering why most responses about
morel finds in the group just say "Morels" and never say which kind?
I would think, just to keep the seasonal records straight, it would
be interesting to know just which morel is being found. We start off
here in central Ohio with Verpa bohemica, the very early "bell
morel". Then comes the "black morel" Morchella elata which usually
swings along through April. Then the false morels which some people
eat (I don't) and they are usually joined by Morchella semi libra
commonly known as the "spike" (or that more common nasty little
name). Then, finally, Morchella esculenta, the gray or yellow morel
(depending on how old it is)
> I think "Big Foot", Morchella crassipes is possibly a species in
its own right although most sponge hunters say it's just a large
esculenta and treat it as a variety of that species. I often find it
(but not often enough) under ash a bit later in the season, and it
often grows to huge proportions occasionally topping 6" to 7" the
base on these fruitings flare out and is much larger than the
regular esculenta, thus the name Carssi = large, pes=
foot. I know all this "blow hard"
wisdom is probably considered ego on my part but I don't mean it
that way. I think knowing "what" grows "when"... and "where" added
on to it, helps beginners to know "when" to look for "certain"
things and "where" to look for them. It saves lots of steps
searching in the wrong place at the wrong time or even the right
place at the wrong time. All of the above is not etched in stone;
there is overlap, of course. I also go with natural vascular plant
blooming rather than the calendar, as well. The calendar only gives
one dates. ground temps can vary from year to year,but plant life
and mushroom life typically coincide with any given temperature.
well...shut my mouff.... What say you to this , Jim?