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Old May 11, 2017, 8:43 pm   #3
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Name: Blake
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Re: Welcome to the board!

are you sure it's an ash, and not an elm? Either way, the actual fungal organism of morchella is often times mycorrhizal with trees. This is a mutualistic relationship between the fungus and the host (tree). the fungal hyphae live amongst the roots of the tree. when the tree dies, the fungus knows it needs to go elsewhere. So the mushrooms it puts off are the reproductive organs of the fungus, to spread spores to look for new areas to grow! So you only found a few this year, because there was not enough food in the ground to support a large mass of fungus after the tree died last year.
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