The genus Helvella contains twelve species. They all have lobed, irregular, or saddle-shaped caps, which are fleshy, and attached to the stem at the apex. They are contorted in such a way that no two of the species appear alike.

Helvella elastica

(See Plate Facing Page 140)

Cap - Brownish grey. Cup-shaped, flattening out when mature ; when young, the under surface is covered with little spines or hairs. Both surfaces are smooth when mature. Stem - Slender, of the same colour as the cap, tapering toward the cap. Solid and white within. Habitat - The specimen pictured was found growing beneath hemlocks and yellow birches, in Lake Placid forest, during


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Delicious Morel (Edible) (Morckella deliciosa, Fr.)

Delicious Morel (Edible) (Morckella deliciosa, Fr.).

PolyPorus arcularius, (Batsch) Fries See page 112

PolyPorus arcularius, (Batsch) Fries See page 112.

Helvella lacunosa (See Plate Facing Page 140)

Cap-Of one piece, thin and flexible like rubber cloth, folded to saddle the apex of the stem. The two saddle-flaps are attached on their margins at irregular intervals when young, and are puffed out like a balloon; but when mature, the pieces separate. Their outer surface is brownish grey, and their inner surface light grey, creased and folded.

Stem - Irregularly and deeply furrowed.

Flesh - Odour offensive.

Habitat - The specimen pictured was found growing imbedded in deep moss on old bark in the Lake Placid woods.

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