Helvella atra

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Helvella atra J. König syn. Leptopodia atra (J. König) Boud. (illustrated 55% life size) Cup 1.5–3cm high, folded back on itself into a twisted, flattened disc; dark-brown to blackish, underside paler light grey . Stem 30–65×3–7mm, slightly twisted; concolorous with cap or darker; tough, full of white pith. Spores 17–18×11–12¼, broadly elliptical. Asci 250×15¼. Habitat mixed woodland; summer to autumn. Uncommon. Unnown edibility.

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