Chanterelle

Cantharellus cibarius

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About

Chanterelles are found in broadleaved and coniferous woodland, often in a bed of moss. They are quite common, popping up in summer and autumn. They are edible, but the similar False Chanterelle is not.

How to identify

The Chanterelle has a funnel-shaped cap with an irregular edge which is pale to deep egg-yellow; the stem is the same colour. The flesh is yellowish and the gills run down the stem and are forked and 'veiny' looking. It smells faintly of apricot.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Species information

Common name
Chanterelle
Latin name
Cantharellus cibarius
Category
Fungi
Statistics
Cap diameter: 3-10cm Stem height: 3-8cm
Conservation status
Common.