Blackening Chanterelle Craterellus melanoxeros

Scientific Name: Craterellus melanoxeros. Syn. Cantharellus melanoxeros (Cantharellaceae). 

English Name: Blackening Chanterelle (Chanterelle and girolle family).

French Name: Chanterelle noircissante (='blackening chanterelle').

5 Key Characters:
  • dirty yellow cap, sometimes with traces of lilac.
  • gills irregular, yellow greyish violet and blackening.
  • mushroom goes entirely black with age or where damaged.
  • yellow stalk.
  • supposedly smells like mirabelle plums.

Lookalikes: Craterellus ianthinoxanthus and C. tubaeformis, neither of which blacken.

Habitat: On the ground, in forests.

Fruiting Period: August-September-October-November.

Status: Rare.

Edible or Toxic? Edible.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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