MDCP Record for 04080403

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Collection Date: April 08, 2004

County or City: Coos
State or Province: OR
Country: USA

Collector's Notes: Found these in my vegetable garden. . . . I am located on the Southern Oregon coast and morel mushrooms are virtually unknown in my area. I have only seen one other black morel in my lifetime. The garden patch is located near (approx. 4 ft) but not in my compost pile. Various household vegetable waste and the urine soaked pine shavings from a guinea pig cage make up the compost pile. Mycelium of the garden giant is everywhere (Stropharia rugosa annulata). There are no trees in the immediate area. One thing that I think is significant is 3 seasons ago I broke up an old bag of garden lime that had turned to concrete in my shed. The chunks stayed pretty large and are visibile on the soil surface. The local soil here is very alkalii (perfect for rhododenderons and blueberries) so maybe the unnatural buffering stimulated the already present morel mycelium. [Spore print color pale orangish yellow.]

Note: This collection has been identified as Morchella importuna, and is cited in Kuo et al., 2012.

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