When: 2014-08-02

Collection location: Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA [Click for map]

Who: mushy

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Can someone please clarify whether these are either gills or ribs?



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The caps are about 1.5" (3 – 4 cm) in diameter
By: mushy
2014-08-06 19:38:27 PDT (-0700)

at the largest. They are pretty small compared to others I collect. I would call them C. cinnabarinus.

Thanks for the note on the true/false gills. I will do some more research into that soon.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2014-08-05 22:56:40 PDT (-0700)

These looked big to me, though there isn’t really anything for scale so it is hard to see. The ones I am used to seeing in Mexico are smaller and more orange.

Alan, aside from the paler color…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-05 19:47:18 PDT (-0700)

which may actually be partly a function of lighting, what is different about the mushrooms in this obs than the ones seen in obs 137852 ? Last photo shows the latest observable stage of this fruiting.

Mushy, regarding my suggested way to tell false gills from true gills. With some types of gilled mushrooms it may be difficult to find the division between cap context and gill context. Hygrocybe and Cuphophyllus come to mind. Authors call the fertile surface of these types “gills.”

By: mushy
2014-08-05 19:29:20 PDT (-0700)

I have not tasted it. Being fairly sure this is one of the edibles, I dried for winter. I really only posted this for the distinction between ribs and gills (or, false and true gills).

By: mushy
2014-08-05 06:59:30 PDT (-0700)

That is a helpful distinction, and seems to be what I am looking for without realizing it.

I prefer the term “false gills”…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-04 17:19:24 PDT (-0700)

to “ribs.” Some types of Cantharellus/Craterellus have fertile surface that is best described as “ribs” or “veins.” But other types (cinnabarinus for one) have well-defined rather sharp gill-like ridges.

I think the way to distinguish true gills form false gills is this. True gills are composed of a context that is not the same material as what makes up the rest of the cap. Usually a boundary between the two types of context may be seen. False gills are composed of the same context as the rest of the cap. In cross section one may see that this uniform context is merely molded into the gill-like forms.

By: Jeff Wright (cantharellus)
2014-08-04 16:34:43 PDT (-0700)

how did it taste? and what did it taste like, in comparison to other known Cantharellus spp.? It’s very beautiful. Love the colour.