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Fungi: Ascomycota: Pezizomycetes: Pezizales: Helvellaceae: Helvella lacunosa Afzel., 1783

Helvella lacunosa – Elfin saddle

Synonyms: Costapeda lacunosa, Helvella cinerea, Helvella costata, Helvella infula, Helvella leucophaea, Helvella mitra, Helvella monacella, Helvella pallescens, Helvella subcostata, Helvella sulcata, Phallus brunneus.

Common name: elfin saddle.

Russian names: Lopastnik yamchatyy, Lopastnik borozdchatyy, Gelvella borozdchataya.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Helvella lacunosa, known as the slate grey saddle or fluted black elfin saddle in North America, simply as the elfin saddle in Britain, is an ascomycete fungus of the family Helvellaceae. It is probably the most common species in the genus Helvella. The mushroom is readily identified by its irregularly shaped grey cap, fluted stem, and fuzzy undersurfaces. It is found in Eastern North America and in Europe, near deciduous and coniferous trees in summer and autumn.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Slate grey saddle mushroom (fluted black elfin saddle, <B>Helvella lacunosa</B>) collected during a mushroom excursion in Komarovo near Shchuchye Lake, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-09-17.htm">September 17, 2016</A>
LinkSlate grey saddle mushroom (fluted black elfin saddle, Helvella lacunosa) collected during a mushroom excursion in Komarovo near Shchuchye Lake, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 17, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Курортный район, посёлок Комарово, Озёрная улица

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Acknowledgements

Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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