Golden Chanterelle

Cantharellus aurora


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Golden Chanterelle Cantharellus aurora (Batsch) Kuyper C. lutescens (Pers.) Fr. syn. C. xanthopus (Pers.) Duby (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1–6cm across, convex, becoming flatter with a crimped, wavy margin and a sunken centre, later becoming vase-shaped with a raised margin; orange-yellow to brownish-yellow; small, coarse, brownish hairs or scales give whole surface a brownish tinge. Stem 20–50Γ—1–15mm, often curved or compressed; orange; smooth, slightly hairy at base, stuffed, becoming hollow. Flesh pale buff to orangish; very thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Spore-bearing surface descending into stalk; dingy yellowish-brown to buff; smooth to slightly veined or wrinkled. Spores 9–11Γ—6–7.5ΒΌ, elliptical, smooth; nonamyloid. Spore print pale orange-buff. Habitat in groups or clusters on damp, mossy wood in low, wet coniferous woods; summer to early autumn. Uncommon, but more frequent in upland Scotland, vulnerable on Red Data List. Edible.

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