Many hunters have never seen the Devil's Urn.
It probably has not been reported from the west coast at all, and although
it is common in Kansas, it fruits so early most mushroomers have not yet
ventured into the woods. It is among the first fungi to appear in
the spring, and may be gone before the first morels are found.
Fruiting bodies are leathery and often filled
with rainwater. While the inside of the cup may appear black, it
is actually a very dark brown. Although it appears to grow on the
ground, it fruits on tree limbs buried under leaf litter.