Helvella Elastica

Helvella Elastica, Vancouver Island, BC
Helvella Elastica, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Helvella elastica is a mushroom with a saddle-shaped cap with the lower lobes turned down toward the stipe. The cap is buff to brown in colors. The stipe is slender, hollow, equal or tapered upward, cream to pale buff. This is a pretty mushroom in its own weird way and I always enjoy seeing them.

Helvella elastica, also known as the flexible Helvella, is a species of fungi in the Helvellaceae family. It can be found all over Vancouver Island. It has a saddle-shaped brown cap atop a white stem. Another common name is the brown elfin saddle or the common elfin saddle.

Helvella Elastica, Vancouver Island, BC
Helvella Elastica, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Some field guides say that Helvella elastica is edible but of poor quality. I would also worry about them being confused with the hooded false morel, the false morel can kill you. So with a chance of eating a seriously deadly mushroom by mistake, and if you do eat the right one, it will be like eating rubber. So my suggestion is to just enjoy seeing them and move on.

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