False Chanterelle

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Not strictly speaking a poisonous mushroom but they can cause alarming symptoms in some people.

Mushroom Type
Common Names False Chanterelle
Scientific Name Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5
Average Cap width (CM) 8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


Yellow, yellow/orange/brown. Starting convex becoming shallowly funnel shaped with an inrolled, undulating margin.


Gills orange. Running down the stem (decurrent), forked and crowded.


Yellow/orange tapering slightly towards the base, often curved.


Pale yellow/orange and tough, never pure white.


Mainly coniferous woodland but can be found on heaths and occasionally with deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

The Chanterelle but the folds instead of true gills, the pure white flesh and the apricot smell of the Chanterelle should rule out confusion.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.



Other Facts

A beautiful but annoying mushroom to find. Once you know them you can normally tell the difference between these and their tasty cousins the true chanterelles on sight from a few feet away. Even so you can still try to convince yourself they are Chanterelles, so strength of mind and will may need to be employed if you find them!


9 comments for False Chanterelle

  1. Chris Holmes says:

    what are the alarming symptoms!?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Chris, some people get very sick with hot and cold flushes, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and hallucinations, some people are unaffected. Eric.

  2. Annie says:

    I accidently boiled some of these thinking theyre chanterelles and it was quite clear they were false – the smell & taste was absolutely horrible, like old milk!!!

    1. Kay Rousseau says:

      I collected what I thought were chanterelles. They were dark orange on top and lighter orange under the cap and down the stem and white inside and smelled or apricots. But the gills did not extend down the stem like chanterelles so I am wondering if they are false chanterelles which leads me to my question: Do any other mushrooms smell like apricots besides chanterelles?

      1. Eric Biggane says:

        Some other mushrooms have fruity smells. If you can send in photos of them we’ll try to ID them for you.

  3. Naimah Abdullah says:

    Hi guys! Found a bunch of chanterelle mushrooms. It looks like the real deal. Where can I send the photo? Thanks

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      If you can get clear photos of the cap, stem, gills and a mushroom in situ we will try to ID them for you. Send them to [email protected].

  4. Claudia liz says:

    I have learnt something new, I had studied from a mushroom guide, that said that false chanterelle is only to be found in Europe and in regions where there are olive trees ? Iam stunned, thanks

  5. Leo hall says:

    I found some f chanterelles today, and thousands of true ones in a Scots pine forest, another clear characteristic of the F chanter is a simp deposit on the top, esp in the middle, quite different from the true one, they are also much darker yellow to orange.

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