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Semifree Morel

Edible Edible
Spring Spring

Not as good a find as the true Morel, but a tasty find none the less.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Semifree Morel
Scientific Name Morchella semilibera
Season Start Mar
Season End Apr
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 3
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Conical and hollow with a random honeycomb effect where the background is brown and the ridges dark to black. The cap edge hangs free from about halfway down, hence semi free, unlike other Morels where the cap edge joins the stem.

Stem

White to off white, hollow through to the cap and usually with wide striations running vertically.

Flesh

Thin and white inside.

Habitat

Damp woodland and copses.

Possible Confusion

The false morel, Gyromitra esculenta, pictured, but this is more lobed or brain-like rather than pitted and honeycomb like cap of the morel.
Other Morels but with the cap being semi free it’s easy to identify.

Spore Print

Cream to pale yellow.

Taste / Smell

Reasonable and mushroomy. Must be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Fairly common but hard to spot.

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