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Pseudohygrocybe chanterelle (Pseudohygrocybe cantharellus), another name is Hygrocybe cantharellus. Belongs to the family Gigroforovye, department Basidiomycetes.
Mushroom of a standard structure, consists of a leg and a cap
What does the chanterelle pseudohygrocybe look like?
A distinctive feature of mushrooms of the Gigroforovye family is the small size of the fruiting body and bright color. Chanterelle pseudohygrocybe can be orange, ocher with a scarlet tint, or bright red. During the growing season, the shape of the upper part of the lamellar fungus changes, the color of both young and adult specimens remains the same.
The external description of the chanterelle pseudohygrocybe is as follows:
- At the beginning of growth, the cap is rounded-cylindrical, slightly convex, in adult specimens it is prostrate with concave smooth edges. A depression is formed in the center, the shape resembles a wide funnel.
- The protective film is colored unevenly, in the region of the depression it can be a tone darker, dry, velvety. Radial longitudinal lines are clearly defined along the edge.
- The surface is smooth, fine-scaled, the main accumulation of scales is in the central part of the cap. Towards the edge, the coating thinns and turns into a fine pile.
- The hymenophore is formed by wide, but thin plates with smooth edges, resembling an arc or triangle in shape. They are located rarely, descending to the pedicle. The color of the spore-bearing layer is beige with a yellow tint, does not change during the growing season.
- The leg is thin, grows up to 7 cm, the surface is flat, smooth.
- The upper part is the color of the cap, the lower part may be lighter.
- The structure is fibrous, fragile, inside the leg is hollow. The shape is cylindrical, slightly compressed. In the mycelium, it is wider; thin white filaments of mycelium are visible on the surface near the substrate.
The pulp is thin, of a creamy shade in mushrooms with an orange color, if the color of the fruit body is dominated by red, the pulp is yellowish.
The central part in the area of the funnel is painted in a darker color
The species grows in compact small families without the formation of colonies.
Where does the chanterelle pseudohygrocybe grow
The mushroom-cosmopolitan pseudohygrocybe chanterelle is widespread in Asia, Europe, America. In Russia, the main aggregation of the species is in the European part, in the Far East, less often in the southern regions and in the North Caucasus. Fruiting from the second half of June to September; in a mild climate, the last fruiting bodies are in October.
The fungus is found in all types of forests, prefers mixed, but can grow in conifers. It forms small scattered groups on a moss litter, along the sides of forest roads; chanterelle pseudohygrocybe is also found among meadow grasses. Rarely settles on rotting, mossy wood.
Is it possible to eat pseudohygrocybe chanterelle
The pulp is thin and fragile, tasteless and odorless. There is no information on the toxicity of the fungus.
Attention! Pseudohygrocybe chanterelle in mycological reference books is in the group of inedible species.
Chanterelle pseudohygrocybe is a small mushroom with a bright color, does not represent nutritional value. Grows in temperate climates and regions with mild climates - from June to October. Occurs in meadows and in all types of forests among mosses and leaf litter.