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By: G D Beckett (
2014-10-03 01:04:24 BST (+0100)

Thanks Chris! I posted a couple pics of the elfin saddle I collected. Seems a pretty good example, matching all the features noted by David Arora in both books. If it’s highly rated by some, that could have to do with the location flavors, or David’s own tastes.

Best regards & thanks again!

By: Chris Kleine (ckleine)
2014-10-01 01:04:30 BST (+0100)

I’ve never eaten Helvella vespertina. Mushrooms Demystified indicates that it is “edible when cooked and rated highly by some people,” but the author finds it “rather chewy and bland.” There are other elfin saddles of unknown edibility and others like Gyromitra that are poisonous, so it’s good to be aware of those as well. Do you have a picture of what you found? You should post it here…

By: G D Beckett (
2014-09-30 23:42:10 BST (+0100)

Hello Chris,

I located a large joined group of what is either the same, or was a lighter colored black elfin saddle. Do you know if the vespertina is edible? Thanks & good hunting!

No oaks close by
By: Chris Kleine (ckleine)
2014-09-04 23:57:41 BST (+0100)

I found this farther up the canyon among conifers and aspen. It would be interesting to find out if H. dryophila can be found with oak in Utah though.

possibly H. dryophila
By: P. Hill (phill)
2014-09-04 17:13:55 BST (+0100)

Western of Rockies? Check.
High contrast black cap and whitish stipe? Sure, why not.
Largish grooves in cap? This could qualify.

Like the anywhere on the Wasatch Front Mill Creek Canyon has oak. Where in that canyon was this: (a) in the brush of the lower canyon or on a sunny slope => possible oak; or up in the forest further up => evergreens?
The Oak Brush of Utah is a close relative of some oaks in California.