Helvella elastica (Elastic Saddle)
Family
Helvellaceae
Location
Europe, North America
Dimensions
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 7-10 cm tall
Edibility
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Description
Helvella elastica, also known as Elastic Saddle, has an irregularly saddle-shaped, yellow-brown cap on a whitish stem. The mushroom grows solitary or in small trooping groups on soil in mixed woods.

Cap loosely and shallowly saddle-shaped, loosely convex, or irregular, with convex lobes that sometimes fuse by maturity. The upper surface is bald, tan to brown or greyish brown smooth, shiny and bears spores. The infertile underside is light ochre and finely matt. The flesh is whitish, brittle and thin. Stem long, white, very rubbery and often appears to be twisted. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: Spores are broadly ellipsoidal, smooth, monoguttulate, measuring 19-22 x 11-13┬Ám; they are hyaline.

Helvella elastica on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Helvella elastica on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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