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Turbinellus floccosus   (Scaly Chanterelle)
North America, Asia
5-15 cm diameter * 8-15 cm tall

This mushroom has an orange-capped vase- or trumpet-shaped fruiting body. The lower surface, the hymenium, is covered in wrinkles and ridges rather than gills or pores, and is pale buff or yellowish to whitish.

Fruiting body initially cylindrical, maturing to trumpet- or vase-shaped. There is no clear demarcation between the cap and stipe. The stripe it is solid in younger specimens, though is often hollowed out by insect larvae in older. At higher elevations, two or three fruit bodies may arise from one stipe. Colored various shades of reddish- to yellowish-orange, the cap surface is broken into scales, with the spaces between more yellow and the scales themselves more orange. The white flesh is fibrous and thick, though thins with age. Somewhat brittle, it can sometimes turn brown when cut or bruised. Spores are brownish.

Similar species The related Turbinellus kauffmanii is similar-looking but has a pale brown cap. Younger specimens of the latter species also have a pungent smell. Turbinellus fujisanensis, found in Japan, is another lookalike that has smaller spores than Turbinellus floccosus.

Turbinellus floccosus on the MushroomExpert.Com web site.


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