Common Morel - Morchella esculenta


    The hollow conical or egg-shaped cap of this species is deeply pitted, rather like an irregular honeycomb. Within the pits the surface varies from pale brown to grey and darkens with age.

    Identification difficulty

    On rich, well-drained soil especially if lime rich and often under trees or beneath hedges.

    When to see it

    Fruits from March to May and is a popular edible fungus

    UK Status

    It has a widespread distribution in Britain but is never really common

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map