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Cantharellus cibarius   (Common Chantarelle)
North America, Europe, Bhutan and China
Cap 3-10 cm across, stem 2-10 cm tall * 0.4-1.5 cm thick

This mushroom is typically orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stem, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap.

Cap light yellow, bright yellow to orange in colour, fading with age. As young formed as a button and then turns more cone-shaped. The margin stays folded in for a long time and then often becomes wavy and uneven at maturity. The mushroom has gill-like veins under the cap, not gills. Flesh firm, thick, yellow. Stem solid, tapers downward from cap. The surface is smooth and the colour is similar to the cap or a lighter yellow to almost white.

Similar spiecies Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca which is not mycorrhizal. Can also be confused with the poisonous mushrooms Omphalotus illudens (and Omphalotus olearius), which have a luminous quality and grows on dead wood, and Cortinarius speciosissimus.

Cantharellus cibarius on the First Nature Web site.
Cantharellus cibarius on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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