Name: Morchella esculentoides.
Authority: M. Kuo, Dewsbury, Moncalvo & S.L. Stephenson, 2013
Vouchered by: Brad Bomanz
Date found: 4/26/2013
Collected by: Brad Bomanz
Voucher ID: 142
Confirming Mycologist: Dr. Andrew Methven
Latitude: 038.679 N
Longitude: 090.669 W
City: Chesterfield
County: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Site location: Rombach Farms
Habitat: bottomland - river
Moisture conditions: moist
Substrate: soil - rich loamy
Reference document: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms - 1981
Author:Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN No: 0-394-51992-2
Page no:327
Spore length: 22 - 25 microns
Spore width: 14 - 15.5 microns
Spore color: clear
Spore texture: smooth
Spore shape: elliptical
Spore print color: tan
Chemical reaction: n/d

The fruitbodies of Morchella esculentoides are variable in size and shape, commonly 10 - 15 cm high but often larger, comprising a stalk and fertile upper part or cap, hollow. The cap is rounded, subglobose to ovoid, or sometimes more elongated and occasionally conical, ‘honeycomb-like’, comprising irregular fertile pits separated by a network of narrow sterile ridges or ribs, greyish to pale yellow-brown, delimited from the stem by a shallow furrow. The stem is well-developed, stout, whitish to cream, sometimes enlarged towards the base, and the surface is often somewhat furrowed and bearing fine scurfy scales especially towards the apex. The spore deposit is deep cream to yellowish, and spores are broadly ellipsoid, smooth and lacking internal oil drops. Close examination by Dr. Methven (see annotation above) combined with the 2015 DNA analysis confirmed that this specimen is Morchella esculentoides. For further information on this species, not this exact specimen, go to Michael Kuo's website: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/morchella_esculentoides.html

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