White Saddle

Helvella crispa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

White Saddle Helvella crispa (Scop.) Fr. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 2–5cm high, saddle-shaped, convoluted at centre, deeply lobed; whitish, underside pale buff or tan. Stem 20–60×10–20mm; white; hollow, deeply furrowed. Spores 18–20×10–13¼, elliptical. Asci 300×18¼. Habitat on path sides in damp, deciduous woods; late summer to autumn, occasionally spring. Common. Edible poor.

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