False Chanterelle - Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca


    A yellow-orange funnel shaped toadstool with gills having a deep orange colour.  The gills are very thin and closely packed, a feature which separates it from the true Chanterelle where the ‘gills’ (which are not true gills) appear thick and widely spaced.  Note that there is a pale cream coloured variant, referred to as ‘variety pallida’.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found in conifer litter but occasionally with deciduous trees.

    When to see it


    Life History

    It fruits from the ground or from decaying wood.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map