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Cantharellus cibarius


Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus Cantharellus, if not the entire family of Cantharellaceae. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. It has a fruity smell, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent edible mushroom.


Chanterelles are common in northern parts of Europe, North America, including Mexico, in Asia including the Himalayas,[2] and in Africa including Zambia.[3] Chanterelles tend to grow in clusters in mossy coniferous forests, but are also often found in mountainous birch forests and among grasses and low-growing herbs. In central Europe, the golden chanterelle is often found in beech forests among similar species and forms.[4] At one time, all yellow or golden chanterelles in western North America had been classified as C. cibarius. However, using DNA analysis, they have since been shown to be a group of related species. In 1997, the Pacific golden chanterelle (C. formosus) and C. cibarius var. roseocanus were identified,[5] followed by C. cascadensis in 2003[6] and C. californicus in 2008.[7] C. cibarius var. roseocanus occurs in the Pacific Northwest in Sitka spruce forests[5], as well as Eastern Canada in association with Pinus banksiana.


Spotted in PNPGerês in Malhadoura mountain,near the Wolf's Milk that i load a few minutes ago

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Cantharellus cibarius Chanterelle

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me not either :) it's emerging,it was because of that that i said "borning" :)

Hema 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I would have never guessed it was a chanterelle.

thanks CorduneanuVlad for the id

Lat: 41.73, Long: -8.16

Spotted on Oct 1, 2012
Submitted on Oct 5, 2012

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