Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Morchella esculenta – Yellow Morel

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Morchella esculenta is in the order of Ascomycota (Sac Fungi). Ascomycota is the largest division of the fungi and contains the delicious morels and truffles. They do have their “dark side” though and also include the powdery mildew that gardeners detest and the ergot of rye that farmer’s loathe. Most of the Ascomycota are important ecologically, helping to break down detritus and assisting with mycorrhizal associations.

It’s common name of “Sac Fungi” is because the spores are produced in sac-like mother cells. They disperse by exploding. The spores are so very tiny that unless there is a mass exploding event, it’s unlikely one would see the spores being flung into the environment.