When: 2014-08-02

Collection location: Miami, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Mary Smiley (ladyflyfsh)

Specimen available

Found growing under Pigeon plum trees Coccoloba diversifolia in North Miami in a park just off the main walking path. Growing in very thick clusters almost on top of each other. Pink color some darker because they were getting rained on, but the drier ones were a paler shade of pink. Physical appearance of a chanterelle except for color. Small in size, cap size of largest specimens only 5cm and @ 4cm high. Many much smaller than this. Very faint smell and only distinguishable when combined with numerous specimens and then they had the familiar aroma of chanterelles only not the fruity aroma. Not bitter to taste when tested on tongue. I did notice some slight yellow bruising on the stem when cut or bruised. I did not do any chemical tests and samples are being sent out for microscopic analysis and sequencing.

This mushroom has now been described and published by Bart Buyck et al and can be found on ResearchGate. Positively identified by Bart and my photos were used in his paper. It is also found in the Yucatan in Mexico and Guadeloupe.


Tight clustered grouping
Showing tree for ID

Proposed Names

62% (2)
Recognized by sight
82% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Bart Buyck Cryptogamie, Mycologie, 2016, 37 (3): 391-403
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Seen on Key Largo
By: Keith Bradley (linaceae)
2014-09-14 04:16:17 WIB (+0700)

I’ve seen and photographed identical specimens at John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo. They were in very dry rocky soil in partial shade. I’ll have to post them. I wondered if it was C. cinnabarinus but wasn’t sure.

By: matthewfoltz
2014-08-06 19:50:24 WIB (+0700)

These are great, looking forward to receiving the specimens.

Already sent to Matthew Foltz…
By: Mary Smiley (ladyflyfsh)
2014-08-06 05:55:54 WIB (+0700)

No oaks nearby, all the trees within close proximity to these mushrooms were Coccoloba diversifolia also related to the Sea Grape. The color is deceiving because it was raining, so they appear a darker pink color, but the ones that were dried out, were much lighter pink in color. I’ve never seen C. cinnabarinus clump like these. The only other chanterelle I’ve ever seen even come close to clumping in clusters like this is Cantharellus roseocanus found in Montana.

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By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-08-06 05:05:05 WIB (+0700)

Matthew Foltz. He is on this site.
Looks like a robust cinnabarinus with a crazy growth habit. Were their oaks in the vicinity?

Not cinnabarinus
By: Mary Smiley (ladyflyfsh)
2014-08-06 04:21:45 WIB (+0700)