This is a slightly toxic but very unusual mushroom, one of the spore shooters that fire their spores out of their wrinkled caps rather than drop them from underneath.
|Common Names||White saddle, Elfin Saddle, Common Helvella, Coesyn Rhychog Gwyn (CY), Piestrzyca Kędzierzawa (PL), Fodros Papsapkagomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Helvella crispa|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||9|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6|
Highly convoluted sheet extending out from the convoluted stem. Roughly saddle shaped although not very smooth for the poor elves! Tends to have a pointy side which is often although not always higher.
The stem looks like a tube that has pulled and pushed into wrinkles and hollows creating a series of cavities and buttresses, every mushroom quite unique.
Looks similar to the Black Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacunosa), pictured, but this has a black fruiting body unlike the flesh of the White Elfin Saddle.
Helvella elastica is similar and light coloured but has a more or less smooth stem.
The Helvellas are sometimes listed as edible but poor but research has shown some to cause upset stomachs and some to be carcinogenic. Not one for the table.