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Morchella sp.

Morchella sp.
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Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 126] (937)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-11 1:10
Viewed: 2981
Points: 4
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Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them.

These ascocarps are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt. The American state of Minnesota has adopted the morel as its state mushroom.

Morels have been called by many local names; some of the more colorful include dryland fish, due to the fact that when sliced lengthwise then breaded and fried, their outline resembles the shape of a fish; hickory chickens, as they are known in many parts of Kentucky; and merkels or miracles, based on a story of how a mountain family was saved from starvation by eating morels. In parts of West Virginia, they're known as "molly moochers." Other common names for morels include sponge mushroom. Genus Morchella is derived from morchel, an old German word for mushroom, while morel itself is derived from the Latin maurus meaning brown.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-11 2:20]

Faina prezentare. Imi place ca ai luato de la nivelul solului.
Numai bine

hello Ungurreanu
beautiful sharpness and good details with very nice light and beautiful colours
very nice pose
greeting lou

The photo's good, but the mushroom is not a Morchella. It's Mitrophora semilibera (DC.) Lév., quite evident due to the "cap" and "stem" texture (being an Ascomycota, it doesn't have real cap or stem). Greetz, László

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