Vinegar Cup - Helvella acetabulum

Alternative names
Cabbage-leaf Helvella, Paxina acetabulum

This relatively large cup-shaped fungus is characterized by a mid-brown fruit body with prominent pallid to cream-coloured branching ribs resembling a cabbage leaf; for this reason it is sometimes known as the Cabbage-leaf Helvella. The fruit bodies can reach dimensions of 6 cm or more across by 4 cm high. There are other similar species so it is best to have a specimen checked by an expert.

Identification difficulty

Usually found among short grasses under either hardwood or conifer trees.

When to see it

April to June.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

There had been about 20 records for this species in Leicestershire and Rutland prior to April 2016.

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

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