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Hygrophoropsis aurantica
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Hygrophoropsis aurantica

Common Name: False Chanterelle

Synonyms: Clitocybe aurantica

Substrate: Wood

Location: Conifer Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Orangish

Comments: 

This mushroom can produce some fairly vivid orange colors on the cap. The cap, gills and stem are all orange. Look at the gills for a positive ID. They should be repeatedly forked. Cap usually 1-2 inches across.

This mushroom has the common name False Chanterelle, but it grows from wood, while chanterelles grow from the ground.

Edible, but watch out for look-alikes. May cause GI distress in some people.

Lookalikes:  

Cantharellus cibarius (Common Chanterelle) and Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth Chanterelle) grow from the ground and have false gills (well developed ridges for gills). Jack 'O Lanterns typically grow in large clusters and are usually a larger mushroom. 

Pictures:

Hygrophoropsis aurantica mushroom picture

Hygrophoropsis aurantica mushroom picture

Closeup of gills. They repeatedly fork.

Hygrophoropsis aurantica mushroom picture

8/11/12 - Yellowood State Forest - Brown County, IN

Hygrophoropsis aurantica

Hygrophoropsis aurantica

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN

 

Other Sightings:

8/24/12 - Griffey Reservoir - Bloomington, IN