Felt Saddle

Helvella macropus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Felt Saddle Helvella macropus (Pers.) P. Karst. syn. Macroscyphus macropus Pers. Gray (illustrated 50% life size) Cup 1–4cm across, expanding and turning back on itself; inner surface grey-brown, outer appearing pale grey due to dense covering of tufted, downy hairs. Stem 15–60Γ—3–5mm, tapering upwards, often flattened or compressed; covered in tufts of grey, downy hairs. Flesh thin, white. Spores 20–30Γ—10–12ΒΌ, fusiform, containing a large central oil drop with a smaller one at each end. Asci 35–20ΒΌ in diameter. Habitat in deciduous and coniferous woods; summer to autumn. Occasional. Not edible.

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