Black Morel Morchella angusticeps Peck    Synonyms: Morchella elata (misapplied).
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Ascomycota   >   Class Pezizomycetes   >   Order Pezizales   >   Family Morchellaceae   >   Genus Morchella   


Morel taxonomy is complex and in flux. It is now thought that the most common black morel in the eastern United States is Morchella angusticeps. In the past, it may have been called M. elata, a species now thought to be restricted to Europe.


Found solitary, scattered, or in groups on ground in spring, usually under hardwoods. Often appear prior to M. americana (Yellow Morel).

There are 18 records in the project database.

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Black Morel in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/4/2020). (c) josiecaetanomaryland, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by josiecaetanomaryland via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Morel (overall fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (4/14/2020). Verified by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Black Morel in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/3/2013). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Tom Ostrowski. (MBP list)

Black Morel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/2020). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

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