Observation 24820: Cantharellus Adans. ex Fr.
When: 2009-08-29
No herbarium specimen

Notes: After carefully reading and studing numerous pictures of the Golden Chanterelle I believe this is a representation of a Chanterelle found in the woods of Pennsylvaina just south of Harrisburg. I compared it to some of the species that are often confused as a Chanterelle like the Jack O lantern. It has all of the characteristic that would lead me to believe it is in fact a Golden Chanterelle. I found this mushroom in several locations all within a 5 mile radius of each mushroom. The habitat is conducive to their exsistence. Hardwoods, Oaks, Hemlocks, leaf litter, acorns and ferns, The fact that they were found growing on the ground not on rotting wood at all the locations I visited also is an indicator. The coloring, shape of the vein like gills, the shape which is trumpet like, color, and various stages of their growth I observed suggest it is a Golden Chanterelle. I did a cross section cut of one of the larger mushrooms I harvested which revealed a solid white center. I gingerly took a very small taste which was peppery in taste on the palate. The smell is a mild mushroom odor sweet and mellow. The top portion of the mushroom is a deep egg yolk yellow to orange color and resembles the flower of a golden day lilly with ruffled edges. This is the first time I have ever gone searching for mushrooms. I am detail oriented and hope this is a good description for the identification purpose of the mushrooms listed in this post. Thank you for your help. Kate

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:19:04 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘York county,Pennsylvania, near Goldsboro about a mile from the Susquhanna river’ to ‘near Goldsboro about a mile from the Susquhanna river, York Co., Pennsylvania, USA

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Recognized by sight: Habitat, color, cross section of sample is white, pepper taste sampled raw, shape in various stages of maturity, stipe and lastly the ribbed formation of the gills.
Used references: Simon and Shusters book on mushrooms,This web page, Audubon field guide to mushrooms and various other books at Borders book store on the topic of mushrooms. I also used commercial websites that sell Chanterelles as a comparison. I found an 1800’s field chart that lists all the stages of the Chanterell which suggest this is a Chanterellus Cibarius. The time of year also suggests it is a Chanterelle.
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Recognized by sight: Fixing the spelling error.
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I suspect that peachy color is a photographic artifact…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-09-03 09:59:44 CDT (-0500)

and then, of course, we have the whole problem with the name cibarius, which designates a European species. Still, a chanterelle by any other name would taste as sweet…

They are not al C. Cibarius
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-09-03 08:31:58 CDT (-0500)

They all do not appear to be C. cibarius. Pic # 55163 and #55164 appear to be quite possibly be C persicinus. The peach coloration is the giveaway. C. persicinus is not very common but this year they seem do be more abundant than usual.

Yup, those are Chanterelles alright
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-09-02 03:55:19 CDT (-0500)

Yup, those are it all right.

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