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Cantharelus ignicolor: The Flame-Colored Chanterelle




Cantharellus ignicolor is one of several small, edible chanterelle species that can be found in Michigan.  This species has a yellow-orange cap with orange to brownish forked pseudo-gills descending the stalk.  With age the gills tend to turn wine buff to violet due to the spores.

The yellow-orange, inrolled cap ranges from ½ to 2 inches (1 to 5 cm.) inches across with a wavy margin.  The yellow-orange flesh is thin.  The cap has a sunken center that becomes a hollow stalk with age. The thin yellow to orange stem is ¾ to 2 ½ inches (2 to 6 cm.) tall.  There usually is no distinctive odor, though occasionally they are slightly fragrant.  There is no distinctive taste.  The spore print is pinkish yellow.

This mushroom is found scattered, in groups or in dense clusters under both hardwoods and conifers.  It can be found in sufficient quantities to make it reasonable to pick despite the small size and thin flesh.  The taste is slightly like a chanterelle.

Like other species of Cantharellus with hollow stems, this species may be moving to Craterellus.