Morchella americana
(Blonde Morel, Yellow Morel, Speisemorchel, Morchella esculenta, Morchella esculentoides)
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Location: Colorado Plains, Foothills
Smell: Earthy
Spore Print: White
Edibility: Choice
Color: Yellow

Mostly found at lower elevations in Colorado below 8000ft. They are usually found near water growing near or under Cottonwood. Look for these on wet spring years along flood plains from late April into May especially along rivers and larger streams.

Yellow Morels can be scarce many years and are notoriously difficult to spot. In dry years there many not be any at all. In years with a really wet spring they can be more abundant. They can be found from late April until the end of May. They are one of the first mushrooms hunted in spring along with the Cottonwood Oyster mushroom Pleurotus pulmonarius.

Be careful not to confuse with the false morels some of which are deadly. Do not confuse with Gyromitra or Verpa species which contain toxins.

Last Updated:
May 08 2022 10:55 AM

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