A genus of fungi in which the fruit body is several centimetres tall and consists of an ovoid head, extensively pitted with broad, shallow depressions (lined with the hymenium), borne on a whitish hollow stalk. M. esculenta (morel) is a highly esteemed edible species, found growing on the ground in sandy soils in woods, on banks, etc.; it is seldom abundant in Britain. M. vulgaris (common morel) is also edible. Compare Gyromitra.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.