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Omphalotus illudens   (Eastern jack-o'lantern)
North America and Europe
Cap 8-12 cm diameter, stem 4-14 cm tall * 1-2.5 cm thick
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Omphalotus illudens, commonly known as the eastern jack-o'lantern mushroom, is a large, orange mushroom, with strongly decurrent gills, that is often found in clumps on decaying stumps, buried roots or at the base of hardwood trees. The mushroom is frequently confused with chanterelles.

Cap convex to flat, often with a low, central, pointed knob and an incurved margin which is soon becoming depressed on disc centre and inner limb. The surface is smooth to fibrillose and bright orange to orange-yellow. The flesh is firm, thin and yellow. Gills strongly decurrent, narrow to moderately broad, close and orange-yellow. Stem cylindric or tapered to base. The surface is dry, smooth to minutely downy or somewhat scaly in age. The mushroom has no ring.

Omphalotus illudens on the First Nature Web site.
Omphalotus illudens on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
Omphalotus illudens on Wikipedia.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very hard to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. We recommend, because of this, that you don't eat wild mushrooms at all, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushrooms listed here.

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