1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Orange Chanterelle

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

This orange coloured Chanterelle is one of the smallest in the UK and can be found growing singly or in scattered groups.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Orange Chanterelle, Siantrel Melyngoch (CY), Pieprznik Pomarańczow (PL), Narancsvörös Rókagomba (HU)
Scientific Name Cantharellus friesii
Synonyms Merulius friesii, Craterellus friesii
Season Start May
Season End Sep
Average Mushroom height (CM) 1-4
Average Cap width (CM) 1-4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


1-4 cm. First rounded to convex, later flattened, finally more funnel shaped. Orange/yellow fading to more orangish with age. Margin is incurved when young, later become irregular and wavy.


Only has pseudo-gills or ridges, not real gills. They run down the stem (decurrent), narrow, vein-like, often forked. Orange to paler yellow/orange.


1-3.5 cm. Cylindrical and tapered towards the base. Orange to pale yellow/white, can bruise slightly rust brown.


Has white flesh.


Grows in association with Birch and Beech although can be found with other deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

The False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca), pictured, looks similar but when cut in half it does not have the white flesh of the true Chanterelle but is concolorous with the cap, and its gills are more crowded. Said to be edible but poor in older books, it can apparently cause food poisoning symptoms and even hallucinations for some people so it’s better avoided.

The poisonous Jack O’Lantern (Omphalotus illudens), is a very rare mushroom in Britain, it grows on deciduous wood, it has true gills and is bigger and darker orange in colour.

Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius), is a much more yellow colour. It is normally larger and prefers more acidic soil. It has broader mycorrhizal partner range, prefers BeechBirch, Oak, Spruce and Pine. Its fruity smell is similar to apricot.

Amethyst Chanterelle (Cantharellus amethysteus), has various yellow based colour with a hint of purple to amethyst at the centre. It also prefers acidic soil, fruiting under hardwoods, e.g. Oak, Beech and Birch, but occasionally under conifers, e.g. spruce.

Frosted Chanterelle (Cantherellus pallens), is similar but larger and has a pale yellow cap with a dusting of white, particularly near the middle.

Pale Chanterelle (Cantharellus ferruginascens), looks rather similar to the Frosted Chanterelle, however there is no whitish dust-like cover at centre of its cap. It is one of the rarest amongst the Chanterelles in the UK.

Taste / Smell

Excellent. Smell, fruity.


Not common.


Ellipsoid. Pale yellow to orange.


Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *