Craterellus cinereus    (Pers.:Fr.) Quél. 

common name(s) : Ashen Chanterelle, Brown Funnel Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Cantharellales/Cantharellaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Aphyllophoromycetideae  

synonyms: Pseudocraterellus cinereus, Cantharellus cinereus 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Merulius hydrolips, Cantharellus hydrolyps, Merulius hydropipes)  

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Craterellus cinereus
photo gallery of  Craterellus cinereus potential confusions with  Craterellus cinereus toxicity of Craterellus cinereus genus Craterellus  

The cap is grey-brown to black, drying paler, funnel shaped in its early stages, with a hole at its centre communicating with the stem; its margin is irregular, inrolled then wavy, lobed and cracked. The cap surface is silky, dry.

The stem is beige brown to black, cylindrical and short, hollow, without ring.

The flesh is black, thin, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is of Mirabelle plums, becoming stronger with age; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are blue-grey to greyish, paler than cap, but these are not gills, but well formed folds or ridges looking like gills, interveined, decurrent . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, sometimes in small tufts of a few samples, in broad-leaved woods, on a rather rich, calcareous soil, mostly with beech.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 4 cm (between 1 and 6 cm)
  height of stem approximately 5 cm (between 2 and 7 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 5 mm (between 2 and 8 mm)

Distinctive features : sorry, no English description yet

Craterellus cinereus is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Craterellus cinereus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Craterellus cinereus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18