Like the Common Morel this species has some variants, so again size and colour can vary from mushroom to mushroom.
|Common Names||Black Morel|
|Scientific Name||Morchella elata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||0|
The cap is dark olive/brown to black, hollow, conical and tapering to the stem which it is fused to. It has more regular vertical ridges on the honeycomb that are usually black whereas the Morchella esculenta honeycomb is irregular in all directions and the ridges are generally lighter than the background.
Usually found alone on chalky soil in short grass in or around coniferous woods but more often now in woodchip beds around commercial buildings.
The false morel, Gyromitra esculenta, pictured, looks similar but the head on the Morel is more honeycombed whereas the head on the False Morel is lobed and more folded.
The Stinkhorn can also look similar but with the smell from this mushroom you’ll understand how it got its name and you will know you have found a Stinkhorn.
The true Morel, Morchella esculenta, can be similar even in colour, but usually the ridges on the cap of the Black Morel have fairly regular vertical lines unlike the completely random honeycomb of the true Morel. The ridges on a Black Morel are darker than the rest of the cap and pailer on a true Morel.
Taste / Smell
Mushroomy. Must be cooked before consumption.
Becoming more common on woodchip.