I think this might be a helvella lacunosa (elfins saddles), but I am not positive. It looks like a black elfins saddle, but it is white… age or something growing on it maybe? Please help me out here!!! Found many, all were white.


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Recognized by sight: Just the look of the thing, and covered with Hypomyces.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-16 20:38:49 AEDT (+1100)

Why are you yelling?!
Heh, good descriptions though. I’ve only come across H. lacunosa.

more on crispa
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-01-16 17:21:17 AEDT (+1100)

I tend to encounter crispa as a somewhat cream colored species with a nearly tan hymenium! H. lactea in my experience is more white! but still I would go with the hypomyces!

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-15 22:33:08 AEDT (+1100)

Naw, I’d agree with Hypomyces on H. lacunosa over H. crispa… The images, although blurry, still look chalky- which is how the Hypomyces appears on Helvella. It could of course be a parasitized H. crispa, however, they are less common.

Helvella crispa
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-01-15 19:48:26 AEDT (+1100)
I agree with Joshua
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-14 15:20:59 AEDT (+1100)

Helvella lacunosa parasitized by Hypomyces cervinigenus is how I would field id it. Note that Mycogone cervina is a name for the asexual form (which this most likely is). However, the latest rules in nomenclature discourage the use of separate names and in this case give preference to Hypomyces cervinigenus.

By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-01-14 13:43:51 AEDT (+1100)

Are the specimens covered by a whitish powder, especially one that develops pinkish tones? Then it is probably a Helvella that is parasitized by Mycogone (=Hypomyces) cervinigenus! It could also be a pale form lacunosa as it looks that the cap ataches attaches to the stipe at the margin… if i doesn’t then I would say it is likely Helvella lactea…