Helvella crispa Helvellaceae White Saddle

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Helvella crispa White Saddle. This strange-looking fungus grows in old organic matter, so is found in parks, gardens and similar habitats. It is not very common in Guernsey, and is not toxic but hardly worth eating. The white stalk is grooved and hollow, and often twisted and rather distorted. The cap is pale buff and fairly flat, but again often appears misshapen. The whole organism is up to 18cm high, and usually occurs on its own. It does not have gills as it is a member of the ascomycetes, or cup fungi.

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