The genus Morchella has the cap covered with a network of blunt ridges enclosing irregular depressed spaces. The spore-sacs are developed in both ridges and depressions. All the species when young are of a buff yellow tinged with brown, but later they are darker. The stems are rather stout and hollow, white or whitish in some species, and attached to the cap at the apex only ; but in others, attached to the rim as well. All the species Spore-sac Fungi - Ascomycetes are edible and highly esteemed. They must be looked for during wet weather, early in the season. They may be classed in two groups, according to the attachment of the stem.

M. esculenta

M. esculenta.

I - Margin Of Cap United To The Stem

Cap rounded or oval................ Morchella esculenta

Cap oblong or cylindrical.............. Morchella deliciosa

Cap conical or oblong conical ; broader than stem... Morchella conica

Cap conical or oblong conical ; scarcely broader than stem. Morchella angusticeps

II-Margin Of Cap Free From The Stem

Cap free from the stem to the middle......... Morchella semilibera

Cap free from the stem to the top........... Morchella bispora

Genus Morchella 338