Craterellus lutescens    (Pers.:Fr.) Fr. 

common name(s) : Golden Chanterelle, Luminous Chanterelle 

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

synonyms: Cantharellus lutescens, Cantharellus tubaeformis-lutescens, Cantharellus aurora, Cantharellus xanthopus, Cantharellus tubiformis-lutescens 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Merulius leteolus, Merulius xanthopus, Craterellus xanthopus)  

edibility : edible, good

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

The cap is brown to brown-yellowish, convex at first, then flattened and soon lobed and horn-shaped or funnel-shaped; its margin is wavy, slightly inrolled. The cap surface is smooth to slightly rough, sometimes a bit scaly-fibrillose, especially at the centre, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is yellow to orange-yellow, full then hollow down to base, crooked or flattened, without ring.

The flesh is tawny to yellowish, thin, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is pleasant, fruity; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are yellow to orange, or greyish, decurrent to adnate, but these are not gills, but veins, distant . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in coniferous (sometimes deciduous) woods, with spruce, fir.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 4 cm (between 1 and 8 cm)
  height of stem approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 12 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 7 mm (between 1 and 15 mm)

Distinctive features : Brown to yellow-brown cap, trumpet-shaped; strong odour of Mirabelle plum; yellow to orange-yellow stem, soon hollow; folds under cap not very noticeable, looking rather like irregular veins or wrinkles, yellow salmon pink coloured, very similar to the stem's colour

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

page updated on 14/01/18