Observation 204862: Helvella lacunosa group

When: 2015-05-23

Collection location: Lear Park, Longview, Texas, USA [Click for map]

Who: L G Price (LG_Price)

Specimen available

I collected 3 fresh specimens on May 27. I brought them home, rinsed as much dirt off as would come off easily, then immediately put them in the food dryer.

see Observation 208728

The specimens look grey even in bright light.

They do have fusing along edges and to the stalk.

The stalk is about 1 – 1.25 inch long.

The caps are about 1.5 inch long. Total length is 2 to 2.5 inch due to being convoluted.


Collected fresher specimens to dry
Collected fresher specimens to dry
Collected fresher specimens to dry

Proposed Names

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Used references: Texas Mushrooms: A Handbook
51% (2)
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56% (1)
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Complex “lacunosa”
By: Nicolas VAN VOOREN (NicoV)
2015-05-24 09:39:56 PDT (-0700)

Grey colors and shape of apothecia exclude H. crispa.
In my opinion, this collection enters in the H. lacunosa/sulcata complex.

Re: Gray Color
By: L G Price (LG_Price)
2015-05-23 18:11:50 PDT (-0700)

I wondered about that. It appeared very gray in the deep shade. Looked more yellow-tan when the bright sun came through the tree canopy.

Gray Color
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2015-05-23 18:07:39 PDT (-0700)

is not typical for H. crispa.