False Chanterelle

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (Wulfen) Maire (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, convex to shallowly funnel-shaped, often remaining incurved at the margin; orange-yellow; finely downy. Stem 30–50Γ—5–10mm, often curved; concolorous with the cap or darker. Flesh yellowish to orange; tough; taste and smell mushroomy. Gills decurrent, dichotomously forked, narrow; orange. Spores 5.5–7Γ—4–4.5ΒΌ, ellipsoid; dextrinoid. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous woods and on heaths; autumn. Very common. Said to be edible but has been known to cause alarming symptoms, such as hallucination, in some cases.

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