Helvella queletii photo and description

Helvella queletii

  • Department: Ascomycota (Ascomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Pezizomycotina (Pesizomycotins)
  • Class: Pezizomycetes (Pecicomycetes)
  • Subclass: Pezizomycetidae (Pecicomycetes)
  • Order: Pezizales
  • Family: Helvellaceae (Helvellaceae)
  • Genus: Helvella (Helvella)
  • Species: Helvella queletii (Helvella Kele)

Synonyms :

  • Lobster Kele

  • Paxina queletii

Helvella queletii


Hat : 1.5-6 cm. In young mushrooms it is flattened from the sides, the edges may slightly curl inward. In mature specimens, it can acquire a saucer shape. The edge may be slightly wavy or "ragged".

The inner, spore-bearing surface is from grayish-brown to brown, brown and even almost black, smooth.

The outer surface is much lighter than the inner one, pale grayish-brown to whitish when dry, on it you can see some kind of indistinct "granularity", which is actually bundles of short villi.

Leg : height 6-8, sometimes up to 11 centimeters. The thickness is usually about a centimeter, however, some sources indicate the thickness of the leg up to 4 centimeters. The leg is distinctly ribbed, 4-10 ribs, slightly passing over the cap. Smooth or slightly widening towards the base. Not hollow.

Helvella queletii

Light, whitish or very pale brown, in the upper part it may be slightly darker, in the color of the outer surface of the cap.

The ribs do not break off abruptly when passing from the cap to the stem, but go to the stem, but quite a bit, and do not branch.

Helvella Kele

Pulp : thin, brittle, light.

Smell : unpleasant.

Disputes 17-22 x 11-14 μ; elliptical, smooth, smooth, with one central drop of oil. Paraphysis filamentous with rounded apices, which become sharpened with maturity, 7-8 microns.

Season and distribution

Lostweed Kele can be found in the spring and summer in various types of forests: coniferous, deciduous and mixed. Distributed in Europe, Asia, North America.


The data is inconsistent. The mushroom is considered inedible due to its unpleasant odor and low taste. No data on toxicity.

Similar types and differences from them

  • The goblet lobe (Helvella acetabulum) is the most similar to the Kele lobe, the species overlap in time and place of growth. The goblet lobe has a much shorter leg, the leg is widened to the top, and not to the bottom, like in Kele's lobe, and the main difference is that the ribs go high to the cap, forming a beautiful pattern, which is compared either with frosty patterns on glass or with a pattern of veins. whereas in the Kele lobe, the ribs go to the cap by literally a few millimeters and do not form patterns.
  • Lobules (Helvella lacunosa) intersect with the Kele lobster in summer. The main difference: the cap of the pitted lobe has a saddle shape, it is bent downward, while the kele lobe has a cup-shaped cap, the edges of the cap are bent upward. The foot of the paddle blade has hollow chambers, which are often visible by simply examining the mushroom, without cutting.

Other information about the mushroom

The species was named after the mycologist Lucien Quélet (1832 - 1899)

Photo: Evgeniya, Ekaterina.