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!


3 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!!!

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