Identification: Chantrelles?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by swankgirl, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. swankgirl

    swankgirl Member

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    east tennesee, usa
    We found these today and are wondering if anyone can identify them as chantrelles. We live in the southeast United States. We found them in the foothills growing alongside a trail on the ground, mostly growing by themselves. A few were in groups of two or three.


  2. Frog

    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Swankgirl,

    The ones where I can see the gill-like surface are Chanterelles, not my local species I think, but you can tell mainly by the false gills or folds - a spore-producing surface that you can peel off the rest of the mushroom.

    The one with its cap facing the camera probably is a Chanterelle, but can't tell for sure from that angle.

    Ref: Cantharellus cibarius

    There are other false gill/fold bearing mushrooms, some you would probably not want to eat, but they have other features that distinguish them.

    Ref: Gomphus floccosus

    Please also note that if you are new to distinguishing true gills from folds, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca looks similar to a chanterelle, but has true gills and grow on wood. True Chanterelles grow from the ground.

    ... p.s. Thank you Michael Kuo for such an excellent website!
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