Observation 22032: Helvella vespertina Nguyen & Vellinga

This is the first mushroom that looked so freaky that I HAD TO know what it was.

I noticed this Helvella shortly after being totally disgusted and amazed by the spongy underside of a Suillus earlier that day, and so I took my first horribly distorted mushroom photo!

I found the photo buried in my inbox, titled “Ew”.



Proposed Names

49% (4)
Recognized by sight
65% (2)
Recognized by sight: growing with conifers
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.
-28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Erin showed me the spot and there aren’t any oaks/etc nearby. Definitely H. vespertina

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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This ain’t creepy
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-11 06:38:43 CDT (-0400)

it’s simply BEAUTIFUL ;)

Created: 2009-06-11 05:20:11 CDT (-0400)
Last modified: 2017-03-02 22:18:34 CST (-0500)
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