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Amethyst Chanterelle

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One of the less common members of the edible chanterelle family. It was considered a variety of the common chanterelle but is now regarded as a separate species. Just as tasty and sought after, it may be more common than is recorded but overlooked by people thinking it is the common form. Usually in groups. Only to be picked if abundant.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Amethyst Chanterelle (EN), Pieprznik Ametystowy (PL), Ibolyás Rókagomba (HU)
Scientific Name Cantharellus amethysteus
Synonyms Cantharellus cibarius var. amethysteus
Season Start May
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 4-7
Average Cap width (CM) 3-8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


3-8 cm. Flattened at first with irregular margin becoming depressed towards the centre. Often undulating all round the edges, less inclined to become funnel shaped than the common chanterelle. Yellow but with a complete or patchy coating (sometimes more towards the edge, sometimes more towards the centre) of tiny purplish scales that fade with age.


Does not have true bladed gills but forked, slightly rounded folds that look like gills. These run part way down the stem (decurrent). Tend to be paler than the cap.


3-8 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm diameter. Solid, often paler than the cap, yellow or pale yellow, tapering towards the base. It can be hard to determine where the ‘gills’ end and the stem begins.


White becoming yellow or brownish.


Mostly on clay soils with Oak, Beech or Birch, occasionally with Pine.

Possible Confusion

The purplish scales on the cap really leave little chance of confusion with anything else, not even the usual suspect with chanterelles, the false chanterelle. Likewise the poisonous Jack O’Lantern (Omphalotus illudens), this is a very rare mushroom in Britain, and it grows on deciduous wood, it has true gills and is dark orange in colour. Pale Chanterelle, pictured.

Spore Print

Pale yellow.






1 comment for Amethyst Chanterelle

  1. Shauna says:

    I feel you may be correct about the amethysts being under reported.

    My local area has predominantly amethysts (8/10 spots will give only this type). With this year being so wet, it has them springing up in patches that have never fruited before. Last year yielded none whatsoever in any of my patches as it was so dry, but on the other hand gave basket fulls of pest free Ceps, never seen anything like it before.

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