Observation 19148: Helvella L.

When: 2009-03-03

Collection location: Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

No specimen available

I find a lot of these in an old cemetery, mostly live oak. This year there are some huge ones and I’m interested in this lighter color. Do they fade as they get older? I sure see some old ones that retain their black color? Anyone know anything about this. This one was 9cm across and 15 cm tall.


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Used references: H. lacunosa s.s. is not in North America
See Nguyen, Nhu H., et al. “The Helvella lacunosa species complex in western North America: cryptic species, misapplied names and parasites.” Mycologia 105.5 (2013): 1275-1286.

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