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False Chanterelle

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Peter Orchard

A common fungus of coniferous woodland often found in circles amongst pine needles on the acidic soils of the Poole Basin.


  • Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca: the false chanterelle

    Post date: Sunday, 5 March, 2017 - 21:49

    The presence of coniferous woodland on the acidic soils of the Poole Basin, especially in Purbeck, means that the false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) is a very common fungus here. It appears in troops, often in circles, amongst pine needles. It can occur in other habitat types but it is most common on the heaths. It looks very much like the classic chanterelle of French cuisine but it is not related.

    It is not poisonous but apparently it tastes foul!


Common Name False Chanterelle
Scientific Name Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
Species Group Knights and Funnels
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