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Volume 20, 1887
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2. “On the Occurrence of Morchella esculenta,” by T. Kirk, F.L.S.


This paper recorded what the author believed to be the first discovery in New Zealand of the true Morchella esculenta, a valuable edible fungus. The specimens described were collected near Otaki by Mr. C. W. Lee; but it is decidedly rare. The author mentioned that the reported occurrence of this fungus in Canterbury by Mr. Armstrong is evidently a mistake, the specimen from that district being M. cornica.

Mr. Travers said he had found this fungus in New Zealand some eight years ago. It commands a high price in Paris, and if it could be procured in quantity would prove a valuable source of revenue.

Sir J. Hector believed that it had been found in the Upper Hutt District.