Small Chanterelle Cantharellus minor Peck  


Found scattered or groups on ground (often in moss) in hardwood forests (J. Solem, pers. comm.). It is one of the early fruiting mushrooms that appears when Pluteus and Oudemansiella first start appearing on rotten wood (L. Biechele, pers. comm.).


Cap: Yellow/yellow-orange, smooth, convex to nearly flat with slightly depressed center. Fertile surface: Yellow-orange, decurrent, gill-like structures. Stalk: Color of cap, smooth. Maximum diameter ~1", mostly much smaller (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 119 records in the project database.

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A Small Chanterelle in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/5/2015). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

A Small Chanterelle in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Small Chanterelle (fertile surface with gill-like ridges) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/27/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Small Chanterelle growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/9/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Small Chanterelle specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (6/27/2014). Elliptical/oval, smooth w/ oil droplets; measured 7.8 – 9.1 X 4.7 – 5.6 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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