Elastic Saddle

Helvella elastica


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Elastic Saddle Helvella elastica Bull. syn. Leptopodia elastica (Bull.) Boud. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1–3cm high, saddle-shaped, irregularly lobed; grey-brown to yellowish-brown; underside whitish, drying ochraceous, smooth. Stem 40–70Γ—3–7mm, often compressed; whitish. Spores 19–22Γ—11–13ΒΌ. Asci 330Γ—20ΒΌ. Habitat on open ground in woodland; summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible but poor.

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