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Horn Of Plenty

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Occasional but usually found in  large groups. They are very hard to spot among the leaf litter until you spot your first one, then if you are lucky, many appear.

 

Mushroom Type
Common Names Trompe de mort, Black trumpet.
Scientific Name Craterellus cornucopioides
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Funnel or trumpet shaped with uneven edges. Black but can be grey, silver or brown.

Gills

Grey / brown to black. Does not really have obvious gills but slight ridges running up the stem to the edge of the cap.

Stem

Ash grey to brown. Hollow and hard to tell where the stem stops and the cap begins.

Flesh

Grey/black. Thin and fibrous.

Habitat

Hiding in leaf litter in deciduous woodland usually in clusters with beech.

Possible Confusion

You are unlikely to confuse this species with anything else.

Spore Print

Cream to salmon to yellow. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent. Can be easily dried and stored for a long time.

Frequency

Occasional.

Other Facts

A strong tasting delicious mushroom.

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