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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map