Morchella Morchella


        Morels have a fruiting body that consists of a stalk and a distinctive upper portion (often referred to as a "head") with distinctive ridges and pits. Unlike most of the fungi that produce relatively large fruiting bodies, morels appear in the spring instead of during the summer and fall. They are the best known wild edible fungi in North America. Morels are generally regarded as decomposers of litter and humus, but the consistent association of certain morels with particular species of trees suggests that they sometimes form mycorrhizal associations with forest trees.

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