Morchella conica

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Morchella conica
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Scientific classification
M. conica
Binomial name
Morchella conica

Morchella esculenta var. conica (Pers.) Fr.

Morchella conica
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Mycological characteristics
smooth hymenium
cap is conical
hymenium attachment is not applicable
stipe is bare
spore print is cream
edibility: choice or poisonous

Morchella conica is an old binomial name previously applied to species of fungi in the Morchellaceae family. It is one of three scientific names that had been commonly used to describe black morels, the others being M. angusticeps and M. elata. It was first introduced by mycologist Christian Hendrik Persoon in 1818,[1] as a superfluous name for the old taxon Morchella continua. According to Richard and colleagues, Fries’ sanctioning applies only at the subgeneric level and the name is illegitimate.[2]

Throughout the years, the name M. conica has been invariably applied to many different species by different authors, and DNA analysis in 2014 revealed that morels identified as "M. conica" indeed belonged to Morchella deliciosa, Morchella purpurascens, Morchella tridentina, and Morchella vulgaris.[2]


  1. ^ Persoon, CH (1818). Traité sur les Champignons Comestibles (in French). p. 257.
  2. ^ a b Richard, Franck; Bellanger, Jean-Michel; Clowez, Philippe; Courtecuisse, Regis; Hansen, Karen; O'Donnell, Kerry; Sauve, Mathieu; Urban, Alexander; Moreau, Pierre-Arthur (30 December 2014). "True morels (Morchella, Pezizales) of Europe and North America: evolutionary relationships inferred from multilocus data and a unified taxonomy". Mycologia (Preliminary version published online). 107: 359–382. doi:10.3852/14-166. PMID 25550303. 14-166.