Key to 45 Chanterelles and Trumpets in North America
|1.||Mature mushroom medium-sized to large; fairly tough and fleshy; often with a central depression that is coarsely scaly; some species growing in clusters with shared stem bases; spores somewhat wrinkled or warted (not smooth); distributed on the West Coast, in the Rocky Mountains, in the southern Appalachians, and in northern and northeastern North America.|
|1.||Mature mushroom variously sized; fleshy or thin-fleshed; without a coarsely scaly central depression (or, if so, then thin-fleshed); growing alone, gregariously, or in clusters but not sharing stems (with two exceptions); spores smooth; variously distributed.|
|2.||Fresh mushroom with dark colors (black, gray, dark blue, purplish black, blackish brown) overall.|
|2.||Fresh mushroom not dark overall, though perhaps with a dark brown cap.|
|3.||Growing in dense clusters with shared stem bases; found in northern and montane North America; blue to purple shades usually present on cap surface and undersurface; spores nodulose.|
|3.||Not growing in clusters--or, if loosely clustered, stem bases not fused; variously distributed; blue shades absent or very faint; spores not nodulose.|
|4.||Mature cap tiny (usually under 2 cm across); stem under 3 mm thick; cap fairly easily distinguished from stem.|
|4.||Mature fruiting body more than 2 cm across; stem or pseudostem more than 3 mm thick; cap and stem clearly separated or not.|
|5.||Cap margin fringed with tiny hairs; spores 8-10.5 x 5-7 µ; known from North Carolina and Tennessee.|
|5.||Cap margin not fringed; spores variously sized; probably widely distributed east of the Great Plains.|
|6.||Spores under 10 µ long.|
|7.||Fresh cap brownish with a yellowish margin; basidia 6-spored.|
|7.||Fresh cap black to gray; basidia 4-spored.|
|8.||Undersurface smooth at maturity, or very slightly wrinkled to sparsely and shallowly veined.|
|8.||Undersurface at maturity prominently veined or with false gills.|
|9.||Variously distributed; spore print varying; spores 6.5-8.5 µ long or 10-15 µ long; basidia 2- or 4-spored.|
|10.||Associated with spruces; spore print color unknown; basidia 4-spored; spores 6.5-8.5 µ long.|
|10.||Associated with oaks and other hardwoods; spore print orangish yellow to pinkish orange; basidia 2-spored; spores 10-15 µ long.|
|11.||Associated with beech, paper birch, or conifers; mature stem or pseudostem under 1.5 cm thick at apex; odor sweet or not distinctive.|
|12.||Undersurface veined, sometimes with bluish shades when fresh and young; spores 7-8.5 µ long.|
|12.||Undersurface with prominent folds or false gills, never bluish; spores 8-10 µ long.|
|13.||Multiple caps often arising from shared stems; odor not distinctive.|
Craterellus cinereus var. multiplex
|13.||Caps not normally sharing stems; odor sweet and strong.|
= C. cinereus sensu auct.
|14.||Found from the Rocky Mountains westward.|
|14.||Found from the Great Plains eastward.|
|15.||Mushroom very thin-fleshed, trumpet-shaped, and yellow; stem and cap not clearly separated.|
|15.||Mushroom not thin-fleshed and trumpet-shaped, yellow or not; stem and cap more or less clearly separated.|
|16.||Fresh cap, false gills, and stem white to whitish or creamy, bruising orangish brown; associated conifers.|
|16.||Fresh cap, false gills, and stem not all white to whitish; associated with conifers or hardwoods.|
|17.||Cap brown, developing a central perforation; stem yellow, with a waxy feel, hollowing.|
|17.||Cap not brown, not developing a perforation; stem variously colored, not waxy, not hollowing.|
|18.||Associated with spruces (especially Engelmann spruce); cap surface dull yellow, with a pinkish bloom when very young; false gills brilliant orange, frequently contrasting markedly with the cap; surfaces not bruising brownish to brownish orange when handled.|
|18.||Associated with various trees; cap surface without a pinkish bloom; false gills usually not contrasting markedly with cap surface; surfaces bruising or not.|
|19.||Associated with hemlock, Douglas-fir, spruce, or lodgepole pine in the coastal Pacific Northwest; cap surface often developing fine scales or tiny appressed fibers, orangish yellow; false gills yellow or, often, pinkish; stem variously shaped. Note: The subsequent two species are DNA-defined and morphologically cryptic.|
|20.||Stem usually club-shaped or swollen in the middle; cap usually bright, pure yellow.|
|21.||Found in northern areas under jack pine; cap surface dull yellow, with a pinkish bloom when very young; false gills brilliant orange, frequently contrasting markedly with the cap; surfaces not bruising brownish to brownish orange when handled.|
|21.||Associated with various hardwoods and conifers; variously distributed; cap surface without a pinkish bloom; false gills if brilliant orange not contrasting markedly with the cap; surfaces bruising or not.|
|22.||Cap and false gills pinkish red, pinkish orange, orangish pink, "cinnabar red" (about e44235), or peach colored (occasionally bright orange, without a red component, but if so, cap center not becoming perforated).|
|22.||Cap and false gills without red, pink, peach, or "cinnabar" shades; if bright orange, cap becoming perforated.|
|23.||Cap and false gills peach colored; stem bruising and discoloring brownish yellow to yellowish brown; mushroom fairly fleshy and compact (stature cibarius-like); distributed in the Appalachians.|
|23.||Cap and false gills pinkish red, pinkish orange, orangish pink, or "cinnabar red"; stem not bruising; mushroom thin-fleshed and graceful (stature not cibarius-like); variously distributed.|
|24.||Known from eastern Texas; spores long-ellipsoid to nearly cylindric, 8-9 µ long; terminal cells on cap surface thin-walled and cylindric.|
|24.||Variously distributed; spores ellipsoid, 7-8 µ long; terminal cells on cap surface thin- and thick-walled, cylindric to clavate.|
|25.||Surfaces bruising purple to lilac; southeastern in distribution.|
|25.||Surfaces not bruising purple; variously distributed.|
|26.||Cap brown or with a brown center at some point in its development.|
|27.||Cap surface with fine brown fibrils; undersurface smooth, wrinkled, veined, or rarely sub-lamellate--but almost always without well-developed false gills.|
|27.||Cap without brown fibrils; undersurface with well-developed false gills.|
|28.||Associated with hardwoods or with slash pine; generally distributed below the Great Lakes and in the Appalachians; stem surface not waxy.|
|28.||Associated with conifers; northern and Appalachian; stem surface often with a waxy feel.|
|29.||Distributed in the Gulf states; surfaces negative with iron salts.|
|30.||Mushroom compact (mature stem about the width of the cap); flesh yellowing when sliced, then turning rusty brown; known from east-central Texas in association with post oak in savannahs.|
|30.||Mushroom slender (mature stem longer than width of cap); flesh not yellowing when sliced; associated with slash pine and possibly with hardwoods; common throughout the Gulf States.|
|31.||Undersurface smooth or, at maturity, wrinkled to veined or, near the margin, nearly gill-like.|
|31.||Undersurface by maturity with well-developed false gills.|
|33.||Cap yellow when young, only becoming brown at maturity.|
|33.||Cap brown from the beginning.|
|34.||Stem long and pale, "always very long before the pileus expansion begins, giving the general appearance of 'pin-heads' in the population" (Petersen, 1979); cap and stem fading quickly.|
|35.||Undersurface smooth or, at maturity, wrinkled to veined or, near the margin, nearly gill-like.|
|35.||Undersurface by maturity with well-developed false gills.|
|36.||Mushroom small (mature cap to about 2 cm across, stem to about 6 mm thick); found in low, wet woods.|
|36.||Mushroom medium-sized to large (mature cap 2-10 cm across, stem 0.5-2.5 cm thick); found under hardwoods in upland woods.|
|37.||Mushrooms often confluent (stems give rise to more than one cap); distributed in the southeastern United States and Mexico.|
|38.||Mature mushroom tiny to small; stem 1-10 mm thick, often becoming hollow; center of cap becoming perforated or not.|
|38.||Mature mushroom usually medium-sized to large (for a chanterelle); stem 10-30 thick, fleshy; center of cap not becoming perforated.|
|39.||Distributed in the Gulf States; associated with slash pine; cap dull orangish yellow to brownish, often appearing nearly zonate near the margin with maturity.|
|39.||Variously distributed; associated with various trees; cap variously colored, not becoming zonate.|
|40.||Associated with hemlock; cap and stem bright orange.|Cantharellus minor
f. intensissima(see C. minor)
|40.||Associated with hardwoods; cap and stem variously colored.|
|41.||Center of cap becoming perforated with maturity; undersurface with pinkish to grayish, blunt, false gills; mature cap 1.5-5 cm across.|
|41.||Center of cap not becoming perforated; undersurface yellow to orangish yellow, with well-developed, gill-like false gills; mature cap 0.5-3 cm across.|
|42.||Odor strong, reminiscent of camphor or curry (like that of Lactarius camphoratus); false gills shallow; young cap finely scaly; known from Nova Scotia.|
|42.||Odor sweet and fragrant, reminiscent of apricots--or not distinctive; false gills shallow to deep; cap finely scaly or not; variously distributed.|
|43.||Cap with lilac to purple shades, at least when young; surfaces bruising yellowish to brownish readily; spores under 9 µ long; found in the Gulf Coast states.|
|43.||Cap without purple shades; surfaces bruising readily, slowly, or not bruising; spore length varying; variously distributed.|
|44.||So here's the deal. Up until very recently, you could have called your mushroom "Cantharellus cibarius" if you had reached this point in the key, and you would have been in line with North American literature from field guides to websites (including this one) to scientific treatments. But thanks to recent research we are now in a transition. A few cibarius-like species have been described from our continent with contemporary (meaning: DNA-informed) concepts. Many more species are likely to ensue--and you can help mycology figure out what the species are. Please read the page for "Cantharellus cibarius," linked to the right, to find out how.|
|44.||Mushroom identifier is willing to accept that there is a good probability that his or her cibarius-like collection from eastern North America is unnamed.|
|45.||Species recently described from pine-oak woods in eastern Texas, with precise distribution limits yet to be established.|
|45.||Species recently described from oak-hickory woods in Wisconsin, with precise distribution limits yet to be established.|
|46.||Stem, particularly in immature specimens, often longer than the cap is wide; spores 8.5-12 µ long; elements from cap surface with thick (0.5-1 µ) walls.|
|46.||Stem not usually longer than the cap is wide; spores 7-8.5 µ long; elements from cap surface both thin- and thick-walled.|
|47.||False gills with a deep pink tinge; cap orange; stem orange with a white base; spore print deep pinkish orange; spores 10-12 µ long.|
|47.||False gills white, yellow, or pinkish; cap yellow; stem white or yellow; spore print whitish to yellow or pinkish; spores 7.5-10 µ long.|
|48.||False gills white to whitish when young, developing pink hues with maturity (tilt the undersurface at several angles in good lighting before deciding); spore print whitish to pinkish or pink; stem white to whitish.|
|48.||False gills, spore print, and stem yellow.|
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