Cantharellus subalbidus

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Cantharellus subalbidus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Cantharellales
Family: Cantharellaceae
Genus: Cantharellus
C. subalbidus
Binomial name
Cantharellus subalbidus
A.H.Sm. & Morse (1947)[1]
Cantharellus subalbidus
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ridges on hymenium
cap is infundibuliform
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare
spore print is white
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: choice

Cantharellus subalbidus, the white chanterelle, is a fungus native to California and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It is a member of the genus Cantharellus along with other popular edible chanterelles. It is similar in appearance to other chanterelles except for its cream to white color and orange bruising.[2]

Cantharellus subalbidus may form a mycorrhizal association with species of pine, hemlock, Douglas-fir, and Pacific madrone.[3][4][5] C. subalbidus has been found to be more common in old-growth forests than in younger forests.[6]


The mushroom is white to cream in color,[7] later darkening to yellow-orange.[3] The cap is 5–15 cm (2–6 in) wide, flat to depressed, becoming infundibuliform (vaselike) with age.[7] The stalk is 2–7 cm tall and 1–5 cm wide, tapered, with yellow-brown spots due to bruising and age.[7] The spores are white, elliptical, and smooth.[7]

Similar species[edit]

Several other species of chanterelle may be found in western North America:

Additionally, Leucopaxillus albissimus,[7] Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, Chroogomphus tomentosus, and species in the genera Craterellus, Gomphus, Omphalotus, and Polyozellus may have a somewhat similar appearance to C. subalbidus.


A choice edible, they can be prepared by being sautéed or cutting into chunks and baking at 350° Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.[8]


  1. ^ Smith, A.H.; Morse, E.E. (1947), "The genus Cantharellus in the Western United States", Mycologia, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 497–534, doi:10.2307/3755192, JSTOR 3755192, PMID 20264537
  2. ^ Plischke, J. (March 2004). "Cantharellus subalbidus: The white chanterelle". Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b Trudell, S.; Ammirati, J. (2009). Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Timber Press Field Guides. Portland, OR: Timber Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-88192-935-5.
  4. ^ Wood, Michael; Stevens, Fred. "California Fungi—Cantharellus subalbidus". Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  5. ^ Arora, David (1986). Mushrooms Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide To The Fleshy Fungi (2nd ed.). Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. p. 662. ISBN 0-89815-169-4.
  6. ^ Dunham, Susie M.; O'Dell, Thomas E.; Molina, Randy (2006). "Forest stand age and the occurrence of chanterelle (Cantharellus) species in Oregon's central Cascade Mountains" (PDF). Mycological Research. 110 (12): 1433–40. doi:10.1016/j.mycres.2006.09.007. PMID 17123812. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-14.
  7. ^ a b c d e Davis, R. Michael; Sommer, Robert; Menge, John A. (2012). Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 272–273. ISBN 978-0-520-95360-4. OCLC 797915861.
  8. ^ a b c Meuninck, Jim (2017). Foraging Mushrooms Oregon: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Mushrooms. Falcon Guides. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-4930-2669-2.

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