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Morel, Morchella angusticeps, collected 1970
Common Name: Morel
Scientific Name: Morchella angusticeps
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Pezizomycetes
Order: Pezizales
Family: Morchellaceae
Dimensions: Centimetres: 14 (height)
Museum ID Number: 45961
Image Number: ROM2004_1055_6

Description: Morels are among the first conspicuous fungi to pop out from the ground in the spring. The taller specimens can be higher than 20 cm. Morels grow in temperate climate, generally in forests, but also in old orchards and sometimes in very unexpected places such as roadsides or backyards. They are very common in both eastern and western Canada.

In many European countries, morels are considered a culinary delicacy and are, for instance, widely used in the French cuisine. There is no known technique to efficiently and reliably farm this fungus; therefore, morels still need to be picked from the wild for their consumption. In many western countries, one kilogram of fresh morels can fetch as high as one hundred dollar in a market food stand.

Location: Ontario; Canada

Habitat/Biome: On the ground in forest

Collection Date: June 7, 1970

Object History: Previously in the University of Toronto collection

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