Helvella leucomelaena

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Helvella leucomelaena

10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Cup shaped, expanding with age, sometimes becoming flattened, inner surface pale brown to dark brown, outer surface white to greyish, stem prominent, ribbed, whitish, to about 6 cm across

Flesh

Brittle, whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On sandy soil in woods and on heaths

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, one large drop (18-22) x (12-14) µm2. Asci cylindrical, base not branched.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The specimens shown were found by David Edington. The pale specimens, whilst not typical of the species, were found growing alongside darker forms.

Additional Photographs

Helvella leucomelaena

10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Helvella leucomelaena

10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Helvella leucomelaena

Pale specimens. 20 March 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Helvella leucomelaena

Pale specimens. 7 March 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Helvella leucomelaena

Pale specimens. 7 March 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin