Elfin Saddle - Helvella lacunosa

Alternative names
Slate-grey Saddle, Fluted Black Elfin Saddle

Typically 2 to 4 cm across the cap, Elfin Saddle fungi have a total height 4 to 10 cm and are rather drab in its appearance, with both the stem and the cap in shades of leaden grey. The caps are usually distorted and the stems fluted or ridged.

Identification difficulty
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On the ground among leaf litter in all kinds of woodland. Often found on burnt ground in woodland clearings.  It is well camouflaged against burnt ground with its grey appearance.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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