leporina Ear-Shaped Otidea
This image represents Helvella
leporina according toe Harri Harmaja of the Finnish Miseum of Natural History and an
authority on this group. I hade previously labelled it as Otidea auricula.
The fruitbodies look like boat-shaped cups that have been stood on end.
The rich red-brown interior is distinctive. I have found it only a few times in moss
covered ground under conifers. Otidea onotica is similar but is paler and
flesh-coloured with pinkish or orange tinges. The macroscopic
characteristics between Helvella and Otidea have been blurred by redent
reasessments of these genera.