Public Description of Chrysomphalina chrysophylla (Fries) Clémençon

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Description status: Unreviewed

Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hygrophoraceae

General Description:


  • Color: ochre-greyish ochre (Arora1); yellowish underneath the brown material, fading (Kuo2); ochre to smoky-ochre (Lincoff3); ochre to yellowish brown (Rogers5); greyish-brown, light-brown to apricot-brown over a dull yellowish ground color, palest at the margin, fading overall in age (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Size: 0.5-4 cm (Arora1; Rogers5; Lincoff3); 1-4 cm (Kuo2); 2-6 cm (Mishra4); 1-5 cm (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Shape: planoconvex with an inrolled margin at first, becoming nearly flat and centrally depressed (Kuo2); convex to flat, sunken in center, margin incurved at first (Lincoff3); deeply funnel-shaped in center (Mishra4); broad, convex, broadly so in age, often with a depressed disc; margin incurved at first, becoming decurved, occasionally wavy (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Texture: moist when fresh; very finely scurfy or scaly with gray-brown to yellow-brown fibers and scales (Kuo2); moist to dry, scruffy to fibrous-scaly (Rogers5); innately fibrillose to finely scaled (Wood & Stevens6)


  • Color: orangish to yellowish (Kuo2); orange (Rogers5); pale yellow-orange, unchanging (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Size: thin (Kuo2, Rogers5, Wood & Stevens6);
  • Other: flexible (Rogers5)


  • Attachment: decurrent
  • Color: yellow to orange-yellow (Arora1); yellow to pale yellow or orangish yellow (Kuo2); orange or yolk-yellow (Mishra4); pale-yellow, becoming yellowish-buff (Wood & Stevens)
  • Spacing, Size: distant or nearly so (Kuo2); distant, broad (Lincoff3); broad and rather distant (Kuo2); distant, narrow to broad (Rogers5); subdecurrent to decurrent, subdistant, not forked, moderately broad, thin, lamellulae 3-tiered (Wood & Stevens6)

Spore print:

  • often yellow- or salmon-tinged (Arora1); yellowish (Kuo2, Mishra4, Rogers5); yellow (Lincoff3);


  • Color: yellow to orange-yellow or nearly whitish (Kuo2); orange-yellow, sometimes tinged with brown, cottony white at the base (Rogers5)
  • Length: 2-4 cm (Kuo2); 2.5-5 cm (Lincoff3); 2-5 cm (Rogers5); 1.5-3.5 cm (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Width: <= 3 mm (Kuo2); 1.5-3 mm (Lincoff3); 4-5 mm (Mishra4); 1-3 mm (Rogers5); 2-3.5 cm (Wood & Stevens6)
  • Shape: more or less equal (Kuo2); stuffed to hollow, somewhat curved or flattened (Rogers5); stuffed to hollow, more or less, equal, round, somewhat brittle (Wood & Stevens6);
  • Texture: bald or very minutely hairy (Kuo2); cartilaginous (Mishra4); smooth, moist (Rogers5); glabrous (Wood & Stevens6)

Odor & Taste

  • Odor: indistinct/mild
  • Taste: indistinct/mild

Diagnostic Description:

Gerronema luteicolor has orange cap and stalk, orange to salmon-buff gills (Lincoff3)


On rotting conifer logs

Look Alikes:

Gerronema luteicolor has orange cap and stalk, orange to salmon-buff gills (Lincoff3)
Craterellus neotubaeformis, Craterellus tubaeformis. See observation 154172; discussion Winter Chanterelle (Yellow Foot) Look-alike (Cascade Mycological Society General Discussion Forum)


1 Arora, Mushrooms Demystified (2d ed. 1986), p. 221 (Key to Omphalina and Xeromphalina, entry 8 (“O. chrysophylla”)

2 Kuo, M. (2010, November). Chrysomphalina chrysophylla. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:

3 Lincoff, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms (1981) (under “Gerronema chrysophylla”)

4 S.R. Mishra, The Morphology of Fungi (Discovery Publishing 2005)

5 Rogers Mushrooms (under “Gerronema chrysophylla”)

6 Wood & Stevens, The Fungi of California (Version 2013.11.26) (A MykoWeb Page)

Description author: Joseph D. Cohen (Request Authorship Credit)

Created: 2013-12-07 22:19:52 CET (+0100) by Joseph D. Cohen (Joseph D. Cohen)
Last modified: 2013-12-08 03:00:05 CET (+0100) by Joseph D. Cohen (Joseph D. Cohen)
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