Helvella crispa

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Helvella crispa

19 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

White Saddle Fungus

Cap

Lobed and saddle like, irregular, whitish to cream, smooth, to about 6cm across

Stem

Strongly furrowed, smooth, whitish, hollow

Flesh

Firm, fragile in cap, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous and mixed woods

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, one oil drop (18-20) x (10-13) µm2

Edibility

Poisonous unless well cooked, poor