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Helvella crispa (White Saddle, Elfin Saddle, Common Helvel / Beyaz Eğer, Adi Helvel)

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Helvella crispa (White Saddle, Elfin Saddle, Common Helvel / Beyaz Eğer, Adi Helvel)


Helvella crispa (White Saddle, Elfin Saddle, Common Helvel / Beyaz Eğer, Adi Helvel) from Epping Forest, Essex , England/İngiltere, Birleşik Kırallık/U.K. - 25.11.2010.

Helvella crispa, also known as the white saddle, elfin saddle or common helvel, is an ascomycete fungus of the Helvellaceae family. The mushroom is readily identified by its irregularly shaped whitish cap, fluted stem, and fuzzy undersurfaces. It is found in eastern North America and in Europe, near deciduous trees in summer and autumn.

Helvella crispa is creamy white in colour, 6–13 cm (2½–5 in) in length, with a cap 2–5 cm (1–2 in) in diameter. It is striking due to its irregularly-shaped lobes on the cap, but with a robust creamy-white base (2–8×1–2.5 cm in size). Its flesh is thin and brittle. The stem is 3–10 cm (1¼–4 in) long, white or pinkish in colour and ornately ribbed. It gives off a pleasant aroma, but is not edible raw. The spore print is white, the oval spores average 19 x 11.5 μm. Occasionally white capped forms are found. It can be distinguished from occasional white forms of Helvella lacunosa by its furry cap undersurface and inrolled margins when young.

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Author Bayram GÖÇMEN
Created on Monday 15 November 2010
Posted on Saturday 16 July 2011
Tags Essex, UK / BİRLEŞİK KRALLIK
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