Elfin Saddle

Helvella lacunosa


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Elfin Saddle Helvella lacunosa Afzel. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–4cm high, saddle-shaped with convolute lobes, one lobe often pointing upwards and recurved; grey to blackish, the underside paler. Stem 20–60Γ—10–20mm; pale grey; hollow, deeply furrowed. Spores 17–20Γ—10–13ΒΌ. Asci 350Γ—18ΒΌ. Habitat in mixed woodland, especially on burnt ground; summer to autumn. Frequent. Edible poor.

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