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Helvellaceae

 

Mushrooms in this family have caps and stalks except for a few.

 

 

Group: Helvella (Elfin Saddles)

 

This group can vary in size. Mostly a stalk is present but sometime rudimentary and veined or almost ribbed like.

 

Helvella Leucomelaena (White Footed Elfin Cup)


Found from Christmas through to July, 2000 at Te Mata Trust Park and Keirunga Gardens in Havelock North. Growing from ground but it always seemed to be growing on the side of the track where the hill was cut to make room for the walk way.


Cup shaped fruiting body about 1.5-4 cm in diameter. Gray in colour with patches of white in some places, but especially the stem which is always white hence the name 'White footed Elfin Cup'.


The surface of the body is smooth except for the stem
which is somewhat ribbed or

densely veined.


Stem is about 2-4mm thick and high.
Mature specimens of this species become flat rather than the cup shape, but I can't find literature to support this yet.


Edibility: Unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 3 Feb 2007

 
 

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