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Morchella elata   (Black Morel)
North America, Europe
2-4 cm diameter * 5-15 cm tall

Morchella elata, also known as Black Morel, is like most members of the genus a popular edible fungus and is sought by many mushroom hunters. It has a conical cap with distinct black ridges and brown to smoky-grey pits. The stem is white with a rough, mealy or granular surface and hollow center. The mushroom fruits in spring.

Fruiting body is yellowish-brown, with darker parallel longitudinal ribs that are connected to form honeycomb-like pits; while conical, it tapers downward into a creamy-white stem which is more or less equal along its length. The flesh is white, brittle, thin and hollow.

Similar species include Morchella esculenta which is yellow with pale ribs along the length of its cap. The mushroom can also be confused with poisonous Gyromitra species, of which the deadly poisonous Gyromitra esculenta is one. It lack the pitted cap and has a chambered, rather than hollow, stem.

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