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Morel Mushroom

Morchella esculenta


The cap is pale brownish cream, yellow to tan or pale brown to grayish brown. The edges of the ridges are usually not darker than the pits, and somewhat oval in outline, sometimes bluntly cone-shaped with a rounded top or more elongate. Caps are hollow, and attached to the stem at the lower edge, and typically about 2–7 cm (0.8–2.8 in) broad by 2–10 cm (0.8–3.9 in) tall. The flesh is brittle. The stem is white to pallid or pale yellow, hollow, and straight or with a club-shaped or bulbous base. It is finely granular overall, somewhat ridged, generally about 2–9 cm (0.8–3.5 in) long by 2–5 cm (0.8–2.0 in) thick. In age it may have brownish stains near the base.


This was taken on my very first mushroom hunt and is the first one I ever found. I seem to find a good majority of them growing near Poplar trees.

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Laurelville, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Apr 5, 2012
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