|Helvella crispa (Scop.:Fr.) Fr.|
The cap is mitre- or saddle-shaped, convoluted, with 2 to 4 prominent lobes, with an ochraceous cream internal surface, the external being white, with a well differentiated stem, thick, long, white and not grey, deeply split into longitudinal bands with hollow spaces between them.The flesh is white, elastic or brittle; its taste is mild, weak; the odour is very faint, pleasant of bread crust or morel, according to some authors. The fertile surface is smooth. The spore print is white.
It grows on the ground, in damp broad-leaved or mixed woods, on path sides, edge of woods, parks. The fruiting period takes place from April to December.
Chemical tests : asci tips not blued with Melzer's reagent.
Distinctive features : white to cream cap, mitre- or saddle-shaped, convoluted, with 2 to 4 prominent lobes; white stem deeply split into longitudinal bands
Helvella crispa is infrequent and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
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