White Saddle - Helvella crispa

Description

This fungus is readily identified by its irregularly shaped creamy whitish cap, fluted stem, and fuzzy undersurfaces. The saddle-shaped cap may have two or three major undulations and many minor curled contortions and is typically 3 to 8cm across.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Under broad leaved trees, particularly beech and oak, and most often beside well-trodden paths.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

UK Map