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Black Elfin Saddle

(Helvella lacunosa)

 

 

     Helvella lacunosa has a common name of Black Elfin Saddle.  It is similar to Gyromitra esculenta which is poisonous and known as a false morel.  Both have dark black colors, look foreboding and unappetizing.

 

     Helvella lacunosa is said to be edible but some experts don't recommend it.  There appear to be differences in the stem and top section of Helvella lacunosa and Gyromitra esculenta.

 

     This was found under a conifer tree on a recently created trail.  Helvella lacunosa commonly grows in Western North America in a variety of conditions.  Some are found growing under Pine trees in the soil.  Others are found growing on rotting wood.  They can be seen in conifer or mixed forests like Quailhaven.
 

 

Note:  The photo identification is not confirmed.

 

     Please read the page: Safety & Caution

 

        Important:  Safety & Caution

 

 

 

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Links

 

      The following websites have information about Helvella lacunosa and Gyromitra esculenta.  I do not endorse any of these websites but I did find their information useful.

 

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Brain Mushroom

geocities.com

kitonka

 

http://www.geocities.com/
kitonka/MushroomMania/
brain.html

 

 

California Fungi

Gyromitra esculenta

 

http://www.mykoweb.com/
CAF/species/
Gyromitra_esculenta.html

 

 

False morel - Wikipedia,

the free encyclopedia

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Gyromitra_esculenta

 

 

Gyromitra esculenta,

false morels,

Tom Volk's Fungus of

the Month for May 2002

 

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/
toms_fungi/may2002.html

 

 

Helvella lacunosa

nrs.ucdavis.edu

 

http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/
stebbins/images/mushrooms/
Helvella lacunosa.htm

 

 

Helvella lacunosa

rrich.com

 

http://www.rrich.com/
mshelvlacu.html

 

 

Helvella lacunosa

(MushroomExpert.Com)

 

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/
helvella_lacunosa.html

 

 

Mycology at

Oregon State University

 

http://scarab.cordley.orst.edu/
shrooms/webpages/text/
hel_lac.html

 

 

Photosimages of

Helvella lacunosa

 

http://www.biopix.dk/
Species.asp?Language=
la&Searchtext=Helvella
lacunosa&Category=Svampe

 

 

Rogers Mushrooms

Helvella lacunosa Mushroom

 

http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/
gallery/DisplayBlock~
bid~6003~gid~.asp

 

 

 

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