Semifree Morel

Morchella semilibera

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Semifree Morel Morchella semilibera DC. syn. Mitrophora semilibera (DC) Lév. (illustrated 70% life size) Cap 2–4cm high, conical, with more or less vertical, membranous ridges, the lower part free of the stem as shown, unlike others in the genus, in which it is attached to the stem; dark olive-brown. Stem 40–80×15–25mm, cylindrical; whitish-cream; hollow, the surface scurfy. Spores 22–30×14–18¼. Asci 450×25¼. Habitat in damp woodland; spring. Occasional. Said to be edible but it can cause stomach upsets.

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