The Fungus Among Us

Helvella crispa

 

Although Helvella crispa is technically a cup fungi, it wouldn’t be out of place in a collection of marble sculpture. In spite of their name, cup fungi are not all disk- or cup-shaped. The cup refers to the fact that they have open fruiting bodies which allow them to shoot spores freely into the air. In the case of this particular specimen, the hymenium (the area containing the asci that then shoot the spores into the air — aka the cup) can be folded atop of a stem.

Learn more about fungi with The Kingdom of Fungi: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9969.html