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Black Morel

Edible Edible
Spring Spring

Like the Common Morel this species has some variants, so again size and colour can vary from mushroom to mushroom.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Black Morel
Scientific Name Morchella elata
Season Start Apr
Season End Jun
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 0
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Stem

White to cream. Usually vertically furrowed and hollow.

Flesh

Thin and white on the inside.

Habitat

Usually found alone on chalky soil in short grass in or around coniferous woods but more often now in woodchip beds around commercial buildings.

Possible Confusion

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.

Spore Print

Cream. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. Must be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Becoming more common on woodchip.

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