Semifree Morel - Mitrophora semilibera

    Alt Name
    Half Free Morel, Morchella semilibera

    The conical brownish cap appears to sit as if placed on top of a sturdy cream-coloured stem.  The lower part of the cap is not attached to the stem as it is in the Common Morel, hence the name ‘Semi-free Morel’. 

    Identification difficulty

    Damp woodland, particularly on calcareous soils.

    When to see it

    April and May

    UK Status

    Widespread in much of England except the south-west but quite uncommon. Scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    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