Helvella ephippium (Zadelkluifzwam (BE) / ? (EN) / Sattel-Lorchel (DE) / Helvelle en selle (FR)).
Helvella is a genus of ascomycete fungus of the Helvellaceae family. These mushrooms are commonly known as "elfin saddles". The fruiting bodies (technically ascocarps) are identified by their irregularly shaped caps. The cup-like fruiting body (the apothecium) can assume a variety of forms: it may be shaped like an ear (auriculate), or a saddle (as in this species); it may be convex or irregularly lobed and bent. The spore-bearing surface, the hymenium, can be smooth, wavy or wrinkled and can range in color from white to black or various shades of gray or brown. Similarly, the outer surface of the fruiting bodies can be smooth, ribbed, or have minute hairlike projections (villi). They are found in North America and in Europe. Well known species include the whitish H. crispa (see image on 12 september) and the grey H. lacunosa.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 17/09/2010
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