Observation 194368: Cantharellus lateritius (Berk.) Singer

When: 2014-08-09

Collection location: Umstead State Park, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Geoff Balme (geoff balme)

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I spell Amateur with a capital A
By: Geoff Balme (geoff balme)
2014-12-23 20:25:25 SAST (+0200)

I’m an unemployed PhD of insect systematics — which, at this point if I never have to look at again, I suppose I’ll be perfectly OK with. As long as I can find some kind of damned work! The Mycology was a hobby that I bolstered with a couple courses and a lot of time spent with a very kindly old professor up at the University of RI.

it’s my idea of good fun!

By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-12-23 20:18:10 SAST (+0200)

I’m a math teacher by profession. And quite frankly, people generally seem more interested in wild mushrooms than they do the Mean Value Theorem :-)

I enjoy the sharing, and hardly a week goes by when I fail to learn several new things about fungi here at MO.

smooth fertile surface
By: Geoff Balme (geoff balme)
2014-12-23 16:28:52 SAST (+0200)

I’ve absolutely found specimens with absolutely smooth undersides alongside these more ridged examples. I have always just assumed a great deal of variability possible in mushrooms generally.

I appreciate you spending time to teach! Thank you so much!

Although C. lateritius…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-12-22 23:18:37 SAST (+0200)

is called the “smooth chanterelle”, under favorable conditions post-mature specimens may develop shallow veins/ridges on the fertile surface. Also, collections I have made have color of fertile surface varying from yellow to whitish.

In the mid-Atlantic up through New England, the further north one travels the more likely one is the find the (former) cibarius types, and further south lateritius seems to be more plentiful. At least this has been my experience. Judging from the observations seen here at MO, looks like from Florida westward through Texas there seem to be additional southern NA varieties with the “pseudo-gills.”

By: Geoff Balme (geoff balme)
2014-12-22 17:59:44 SAST (+0200)

I’d always just assumed that the fungi themselves were eminently cosmopolitan and distinctions based on geography were sketchy.

Of course, we find out new things all the time with current studies! I note that Roody does mention C. lateritius but only under the photo and description of C. cibarius, calling it equally edible but thinner fleshed.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-12-22 17:48:37 SAST (+0200)

is one of the many genera being studied and the findings are that many of the names in the field guides are of similar looking species from Europe. Many of our N. American chanterelles have not had descriptions and new published names.
Your photo may not be Cantharellus lateritius which is a common hardwood associate in E. North America but it is not C.cibarius which is European.

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