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When: 2003-11-26

Collection location: Wilder Ridge, Humboldt Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Nathan Wilson (nathan)

No specimen available

The pale tones in image 547 are common in this population especially in younger specimens and ones that are under the duff.

Typical chanterelles from my parents property in southern Humboldt county. This is the area where I got interested in mushrooms by finding one of these. I grew up calling these Cantharellus cibarius. I have not verified molecularly that these are C. formosus, but given that they were growing in mixed Douglas fir/madrone/tan oak forest in northern California this now seems like the most likely name.


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Proposed Names

57% (1)
Used references: Id confirmed in Arora & Dunham, “A New, Commercially Valuable Chanterelle Species, Cantharellus californicus sp. nov., Associated with Live Oak in California, USA”, Economic Botany, XX, 2008, pp. 1–16. based on habitat and location.
74% (2)
Recognized by sight: A mix of Cantharellus subalbidus and cascadensis?
First picture looks like C. subalbidus but the bottom picture has some that look like C. cascadensis.
It can be tough to tell stained C. subalbidus from C. cascadensis in a photo.
86% (1)
Recognized by sight: Based on Christian’s comments. These are definitely chunky, but they have yellow tones that are not due to staining which I think rules out C. subalbidus.

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By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-03-25 04:39:42 CET (+0100)

All of these are too pale and squat/chunky for C. formosus, which is more evenly yellow and taller/more gracile (typically).

Why not C. formosus?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2013-03-25 04:04:05 CET (+0100)

Hi Noah,

I do find C. subalbidus on the same property but these were yellower than I associate with this name. How do you tell the difference between C. formosus and C. cascadensis?