Observation 23630: Cantharellus cinnabarinus (Schwein.) Schwein.

When: 2009-07-27

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

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By: Reginix
2009-08-27 19:01:39 CDT (-0400)

It is exactly this red.

Mercury used to be a filling in our teeth for decades… at least in Europe…

In its pure metal form
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-07-28 17:18:57 CDT (-0400)

mercury isn’t very toxic. It’s in the more soluble form methylmercury that it poses great danger.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-07-28 13:42:22 CDT (-0400)

All of the local chanterelles are less brilliantly red than this. Curious speciees epithet. Cinnabar is an ore of mercury. It is found in Oregon. But cinnabar is rarely this brilliant a red. Native Americans used to grind it to make war paint. Some called it red ochre. Not very healthy stuff to put on your body, as cinnabar can sometimes be seen oozing droplets of mercury, and mercury can be absorbed by the skin. The phrase “Mad as a Hatter” from Alice Through the Looking Glass is a reference to mercury poisoning in Europe from people who used mercury to make felt hats.

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