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Omphalotus illudens

Common Name: Jack 'O Lanterns

Synonyms:

Substrate: Wood (But may appear on ground)

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Orange

Comments: 

This mushroom is responsible for the majority of poisoning cases in our area, as many people mistake it for Chanterelles. It grows from wood, but the wood is often buried, so it appears to be growing from the ground. The main way to tell the difference between this and chanterelles is that this mushroom has sharp, blade-like gills. Chanterelles have "false gills" that are actually well developed ridges. 

Another interesting feature about this mushroom is that it has bioluminescence - it glows in the dark. 

Lookalikes:  

Cantharellus lateritius, but it has false gills.

Pictures:

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

9/13/12 - Yellowood State Forest - Brown County, IN

Omphalotus illudens

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Omphalotus illudens

Omphalotus illudens

Older specimens.

7/26/10  - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN