COMC club members headed up to Green Ridge on Thursday. We met up with folks in Sisters for a carpool and 13 of us did our best to find morels. We stopped around 4200 ft. and a few people found one or two. We climbed to about 4400 ft. and looked thoroughly for a long time. One couple found a nice clump of fresh morels and two lovely Spring Kings and others found just a few nice sized, fresh morels. I should have known we wouldn’t find much when the roads we traveled were devoid of any cars, despite the beautiful day. No one else hunting anywhere. Bad sign. We headed near the top, 4700 ft., no luck. and then over to Prairie Farm for a rest at the lovely pond and looked around just in case. The forest was not significantly dried out, though it could use a rain. The usual morel indicator species were present (see below.) I have found morels in these areas other springtimes. Morels are so hard to understand!!
Some of the basic fungi that we usually find with or near morels that we found on Green Ridge:
*Tricholoma vernaticum (Cuke Trich) – smells like cucumber
*Hygrophorus purpurascens – (Purple Waxy Cap) – redish-purple streaks on white gilled mushroom
*Sarcosphaera coronaria – (Violet Cup, or Violet Crown Cup) – beige ball that cracks open in a jagged crown with violet insides
*Clitocybe albirhiza – small tan, usually clustered, has clumps of mycelium at the base of stem – early fruiting, even before morels
*indicator species – appear at the same time and in the same habitat as morels, if you’re lucky
We found several clusters of Lyophyllum decastes (Fried Chicken mushroom) but they were dried up. Ramaria rasillispora, (Yellow Spring Coral) was also a bit old in places. There were two Suillus sp. under pine trees. Buddy took photos of Caloscypha fulgens (Spring Orange Peel Cup.) I found one very small, what appeared to be, Amanita aspera. Not much else out there. Maybe rain would help?
Thanks for the photos, Buddy!
Beautifully fresh Green Ridge morels
Julie’s morel – Green Ridge 5/12
Caloscypha fulgens – spring orange peel cup