|Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca||Hygrophoropsidaceae||False Chanterelle|
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, False Chanterelle. How disappointing to think you have a Chanterelle, only to find it is this common species! The general shape and size of the two fungi are similar, gills run down the stem in a similar way, but in this species they finish rather abruptly and are more well-defined. The whole sporophyte is neater too, not normally having the distorted shapes we so often find in our Chanterelles. The real difference is the colour, the False Chanterelle being a darker orange, not the egg-yellow of the Chanterelle. The cap colour is often graded too, appearing darker in the centre and lightening towards the edges, whereas in the true Chanterelle colour is uniform. The False Chanterelle is common on the island, often in woodland, especially under Pines, but also in a completely different habitat on heath land on L'Ancresse Common. It is found in both habitats in Jersey also. It is not edible, being very bitter and rather tough.
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