Black Morel - Morchella importuna
A species of black morel grows along the edge of a recently logged area in western Montana. These mushrooms are sought after by many and are very good table fare. I have many memories of picking morels as a child with my father and grandfather.
''Morchella importuna'' is a species of fungus in the family Morchellaceae native to North America. Described as new to science in 2012, the species occurs in gardens, woodchip beds, and other urban settings of northern California and the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. The fungus has also been reported from Turkey and China, although it is unknown whether this is a result of accidental introductions. It is considered a choice edible mushroom. The fruit bodies develop a.. more