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Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca   (False Chanterelle)
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
North America, Europe
Cap 2-8 cm diameter, stem 3-5 cm tall * 0.5-1 cm thick

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, also commonly knows as False Chanterelle, is a smallish orange-yellow agaric that has a shallowly funnel-shaped cap reminiscent of a chanterelle but with true gills. It grows typically among needle litter, rotten wood, or sawdust.

Cap golden-orange, initially convex but becoming funnel-shaped as the mushroom matures. The cap margin, which remains rolled in a little, becomes wavy or lobed in age. The cap surface is covered with a fine down. Gills decurrent, narrow and forked, which is a distinctive and distinguishing feature. They are generally a more intense shade of orange than the cap. Stem is similarly colored as the cap. It is stout, more or less equal, smooth, and typically curved. The gills may be slightly crimped along the stem. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species include Cantharellus cibarius, Omphalotus illudens and Omphalotus olearius.

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca on the First Nature Web site.
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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