Morchella angusticeps Peck
Family: Morchellaceae
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Charles Horton Peck  

Peck, CH. 1879. Report of the Botanist. Annual Report of the New York State Museum 32: 44––45.

MORCHELLA ANGUSTICEPS (Plate I, figs. 19-21.)

Pileus oblong-conical and subobtuse or narrowly conical and acute, adnate to the stem, one or two inches high, and about half as broad at the base; ribs longitudinal, here and there anastamosing or connected by transverse veins; stem subequal, hollow, whitish, furfuraceous without and within, even or rarely rough with irregular longitudinal furrows; asci cylindrical; spores elliptical, whitish tinged with ochre, .0008'-.001' long, .0005'-.0007' broad; paraphyses short, clavate, with one or two septa near the base.

Sandy soil in the borders of woods and in open places. West Albany and Center. April and May.

Two forms occur, one with the pileus oblong-conical, rather obtuse, often tipped with a slight umbo or papilla, and with a diameter a little surpassing that of the stem from which the base is separated by a slight groove; the other with the pileus narrowly conical, rather acute, scarcely exceeding the stem in diameter, and without any separating groove. The stem and fruit are alike in both forms. The stem is usually about equal in length to the pileus. The species is related to M. conica and M. elata, but may be separated from both by the size of the spores and the character of the paraphyses. In our plant I have never seen these as long as the asci. Large forms appear also to approach M. rimosipes, but that species has the margin of the pileus more free, the stem proportionately longer, and the paraphyses as long as the asci, if we may rely upon the figure of it. Our plant is edible.

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Michael Kuo  
Morchella angusticeps image
Michael Kuo  
Morchella angusticeps image
John Haines  
Morchella angusticeps image
Michael Kuo