Cantharellus cinnabarinus

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Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Cantharellales
Family: Cantharellaceae
Genus: Cantharellus
C. cinnabarinus
Binomial name
Cantharellus cinnabarinus
(Schwein.) Schwein. 1832

Agaricus cinnabarinus Schwein. 1822
Chanterel cinnabarinus (Schwein.) Murrill 1913

Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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ridges on hymenium
cap is infundibuliform
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare
spore print is white to pink
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: edible

Cantharellus cinnabarinus, the red chanterelle, is a fungus native to eastern North America.[1] It is a member of the genus Cantharellus along with other chanterelles. It is named after its red color, which is imparted by the carotenoid canthaxanthin.[2] It is edible and good, fruiting in association with hardwood trees in the summer and fall.[3]


Cantharellus cinnabarinus is recognized by its distinctive flamingo-pink or bright orange and red colors (imparted by the carotenoid canthaxanthin) and the presence of false gills underneath the cap.[4]


Widely distributed in Eastern Northern America; found mostly on the ground in broadleaf and mixed broadleaf/conifer forests; usually scattered or occurring in small groups; forms mycorrhizal associations with forest trees in the summer and fall; shows preference for acid soils.[5]


  1. ^ Kuo, M. (June 2003). "Cantharellus cinnabarinus". MushroomExpert.Com. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  2. ^ Haxo, Francis (Dec 1950). "Carotenoids of the Mushroom Cantharellus cinnabarinus". Botanical Gazette. 112 (2): 228–32. doi:10.1086/335653. JSTOR 2472791. S2CID 84308852.
  3. ^ Miller Jr., Orson K.; Miller, Hope H. (2006). North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi. FalconGuides. Guilford, CN: Globe Pequot Press. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-7627-3109-1.
  4. ^ "Cantharellus cinnabarinus (MushroomExpert.Com)". Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  5. ^ "Chanterelle – Identification, Distribution, Edibility, Ecology, Sustainable Harvesting – Galloway Wild Foods". Retrieved 2021-04-04.

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