Semifree Morel - Mitrophora semilibera

Alternative names
Half Free Morel, Morchella semilibera
Description

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
Habitat

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.

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

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