(Cantharellus cibarius)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed



not listed


not listed


Common and widespread


Spring to fall




This is an edible, small to medium-large mushroom with a long growing season. It grows on the ground. It is usually solitary.

The stalk is ¾ to 4 long, ¼ to 1¼ thick, solid, fleshy, and dry. It is the same color as the cap but paler. It may taper to the base or be equal in width for most of its length. Sometimes it is enlarged at the base. There is no cup-like covering (volva) at the base of the stalk, and there are no remnants of a universal veil clinging to the stalk. When growing in groups the stems are separate.

The cap is 1¼ to 6 in diameter and dry, not slimy or sticky to the touch. It is broadly convex at first, becoming flat or depressed to vase-shaped with age. It is usually smooth, sometimes cracked. It is orange, yellow, or bright yellowish-orange. The margin is curved under when young, becoming lobed or wavy with age.

The flesh is whitish except beneath the skin of the cap, where it is tinged yellow to orange.

Cantharellales do not have true gills. The spore-bearing surface on the underside of the cap is deeply wrinkled and gill-like. The “gills” are closely spaced to well-spaced and the same color as the cap though paler. They are forked near the end (toward the margin of the cap) into two branches. They are shallow and the edges are thick and blunt, appearing as if “melted”. They extend down along the stalk (decurrent).

The spore print is usually creamy or yellow, sometimes pinkish.


Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom (Omphalotus illudens) is usually found in groups. The stalks of grouped mushrooms are connected at the base. The gills are not forked. They are deep and the edges are sharp, like the edge of a knife. It is poisonous.

Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.





Basidiomycota (club fungi)



Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)



Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)


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Golden Chanterelle







Universal veil

An egg-like structure that envelopes all or most of a developing gill mushroom. Remnants of the universal veil sometimes visible on a mature mushroom are patchy warts on the cap, a ring on the stem, and a volva at the base of the stem.



Also called cup. A cup-like covering at the base of a mushroom stem, sometimes buried. It is the remnants of the universal veil ruptured by the mushroom pushing through. It is found on Amanita, Volvariella, and some other mushrooms.

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  Chantarelle Mushrooms
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also called Shiba-take

(Cantharellus cibarius)

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  The Mikeology Store on the Hunt for Chanterelle Mushrooms
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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2011

A morning hunting wild Chanterelle mushrooms in Minnesota.

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Published on Aug 17, 2013

Chanterelle look alikes. Toxic jack o' lantern mushroom identification. The jack o' lantern mushroom, Omphalotus illudens or Omphalotus illudens, may be confused with edible chanterelle mushrooms, but the color of the flesh and gills are a dead giveaway that the two fungi are completely different.

Jack o' lanterns are saprobic meaning they grow from wood, whereas chanterelles are not saprobes. But, as you can see in this video the jack o' lanterns appear to be growing from the ground not wood. I find many jack o' lantern mushrooms growing in open lawns and I find chanterelles that appear to be growing from wood. These habitat and growth characteristics are listed in most field guides and mushroom identification books, but, they are not nearly as reliable as paying close attention to the gills and color of the flesh, i.e. the physical features of the fungi in question.

Paying close attention to physical features of mushrooms is critically important in order to get a positive identification. As long as one pays close attention to the physical characteristics of fungi, most of the common and abundant gourmet edible fungi can be easily and safely identified for the table.

Jack O' Lantern mushrooms have been reported to glow in the dark, a bioluminescent fungi.

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Tips and tricks from Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts on harvesting wild chanterelles in the forests of the Pacific North West.

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  Finding Gold Chanterelles 2013 - Excellent Video Footage
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Published on Jun 28, 2013

Please comment, share, like and subscribe: These gold chanterelles were found while wild mushroom hunting in a drainage area among large white oaks and elm saplings. There were several hundred which were visible to the eye. This flush has specimens in every stage of development and will produce all summer, weather permitting. Thumbnail photo credit to: Bf5man-

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  How to find Wild Chanterelle Mushrooms, aka Cantharellus Cibarius
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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2010

I am on a mushroom hunt in the Pacific Northwest and I find some Chantrelle mushrooms growing wild. Actually, as far as I know they only grow wild and no one has been able to cultivate them. Enjoy. Pics at the end!

  Summer Mushroom Foraging - Golden Chanterelle Cinnabar Chanterelle And Chanterelle Look Alikes

Published on Aug 3, 2013

Summer mushroom foraging for golden chanterelle, cinnabar chanterelle and chanterelle look alikes. Edible chanterelle mushrooms are fairly easy to identify as long as you pay attention to the features such as false gills that fork out toward the cap margin and white inner flesh that is continuous, solid and unchanging between the stem and cap. Golden chanterelles have a unique smell which may help identify them. Paying close attention to physical features of edible mushrooms helps distinguish them from potentially toxic look alike fungi such as Jack O' Lanterns, Omphalotus illudens.

The scientific name for golden chanterelle is Cantharellus cibarius. the scientific name for cinnabar chanterelle is Cantharellus cinnabarinus.

Chanterelle mushrooms are found in hardwood forests of the eastern woodlands from early summer through autumn. Chanterelles are foraged throughout the world.

Chanterelles are wild edible gourmet mushrooms. Wild edible fungi can be found at restaurants, organic food markets, and farmer's markets throughout the world. Chanterelles and other wild edible gourmet mushrooms can be foraged for free in the backyard or local woodland.

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Jeffrey M. Arsenault

Location: Mankato


Matthew Bourman

Location: Mankato


Stephanie Segner

Location: Hennepin County, MN


Peter Swenson
7/18 to 7/30/2015

Location: –State Forest in Hubbard County; Regional Park in Dakota County

season appeared to be early to prime in Hubbard County on the 18th . I was able to pick many pounds in just a couple of hours. They were well past prime and full of bugs by July 30th in Dakota County. Few were worth picking, but they had been wide-spread.

Location: Pope County

Just wanted to tell you the range west in certain mn goes at least into central Pope county. I was enjoying them last year.

Just thought you might like to know if you change your map.


John Valo

The distribution map for Chanterelle on shows only verified sightings in Minnesota: counties where I have seen the mushroom, and counties where it has been reported to the Bell Museum of Natural History Herbarium: Fungal Collection (University of Minnesota). I also include sightings from visitors to, like you, when they include a photo with sufficient detail to identify the species and the location where it was taken. It is not a ""range" map. As far as I know, no true range map exists for this or any fungus. Sightings




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