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Red Chanterelle Mushroom

Cantharellus cinnabarinus


It is easily recognized by is distinctive, flamingo-pink colors and the presence of false gills on the under side of the cap. Cap: 1-5 cm wide; convex to flat when young, becoming flat or shallowly vase-shaped; smooth; the margin inrolled when young, expanding and becoming wavy; flamingo pink to cinnabar red or reddish orange. The under surface is well spaced, well developed false gills; colored like the cap or slightly paler. The stem is 1-4 cm long; 0.5-1.5 cm wide; equal or tapering slightly to the base; colored like the cap or paler. The flesh is whitish or tinged with the cap color; not changing color when sliced.


It grows on the ground in eastern North America's hardwood forests. This one was photographed along the Bartram Trail (Petersburg Section) in Columbia County, GA.


Odor sweet and fragrant; taste mild to slightly peppery. The spore print is white to pinkish.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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