Mushroom researcher needs help

A mushroom researcher needs Knysna’s help. Yes, you heard me correctly.

We already have the rare Knysna Seahorse and the rare Brenton Blue Butterfly. Be very cool if we have this mushroom too!

The researcher is currently working on a new field guide to the mushrooms of South Africa. He’s in need of info about a mushroom which has been believed to grow in Belvidere and in the forest areas of Gouna and Diepwalle.

The mushroom is called Morchella and is extremely rare in South Africa.

Please share this photo in the hope of someone having seen it.

Thanks.

As first posted at www.loveknysna.com/about-…/help-find-this-mushroom-in-knysna.

Many mushrooms in the wild are poisonous, caution is advised. If you do locate any of these mushrooms, take a GPS reading and some photographs. 

Morchella esculenta, a true morel, is a genus  of edibile mushrooms  closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive fungi  appear honeycomb-like, with their cap composed of a network of ridges with pits. Morels are sought by thousands of enthusiasts in the Northern Hemisphere every spring for their supreme taste and the joy of the hunt, and are highly prized by gourmet cooks, particularly in French cuisine. 

The scientific name of the genus Morchella is derived from morchel, an old German  word for mushroom (this may be another source for the name “merkel”), while morel itself is derived from the Latin  maurus meaning brown.