Scientific name: Morchella vulgaris
This unique fungus is one of the most sought after spring fungi of them all.
StatsFruit body: 5 - 20cm high; Circumference 7 - 12cm
When to seeApril - May
AboutThe morel's bizarre bulky form, uncommon status and transient nature means it's really tricky to pin down, only adding to its desirability and exclusivity. Some mycologists have spent years searching for them, and some are still without success!
What to look forThere's nothing quite like the sight of a dozen hefty morels basking in the spring sunshine to get one's heart racing. Although similar to other mushrooms in that they have a stem, this one is hollow and the top bears no resemblance to a cap at all. Rather, it looks like a huge blob of honeycomb, with large pits and holes all over. This species has darker pits than than the more yellow 'common morel'.
*There are a couple of variants that look very similar - this is one of the three.