|Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk)
|Date Taken: 2014-09-07|
|Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor|
|Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-09-08 17:19|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|These are Cinnabar Chanterelle mushrooms, Cantharellus cinnabarinus. They're found in hardwood forests in much of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. In the area where I live, near Chicago, IL, it's quite uncommon. It seems to usually show up in areas with some sand in the soil, but not always. These were the first ones that I've seen in Cook County, IL.|
They are mycorrhizal partners with trees, often Shagbark Hickory or Beech trees in Illinois, although these appeared to be associating with Sugar Maple.
Being Chanterelles, they are edible, although perhaps not as tasty as their famous Yellow Chanterelle cousins.
I used the built-in flash for this shot with a Puffer flash diffuser to soften the light a bit.
More info about them from the excellent MushroomExpert.com web site:
Cap: 1-5 cm wide; convex to flat when young, becoming flat or shallowly vase-shaped; smooth; the margin inrolled when young, expanding and becoming wavy; flamingo pink to cinnabar red or reddish orange.
Undersurface: With well spaced, well developed false gills; colored like the cap or slightly paler.
Stem: 1-4 cm long; 0.5-1.5 cm wide; equal or tapering slightly to the base; colored like the cap or paler.
Flesh: Whitish or tinged with the cap color; not changing color when sliced.
Odor and Taste: Odor sweet and fragrant; taste mild to slightly peppery.
Chemical Reactions: Flesh negative to very pale gray with iron salts; undersurface negative to very pale gray with iron salts.
Spore Print: Whitish or pinkish.
Microscopic Features: Spores 6-11 x 4-6 µ; smooth; ellipsoid; inamyloid; hyaline to ochraceous in KOH. Basidia to about 65 x 10 µ; 4-6-sterigmate. Clamp connections present.
REFERENCES: Schweinitz, 1832. (Coker, 1919; Corner, 1966; Smith, 1968; Bigelow, 1978; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Smith & Weber, 1985; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Metzler & Metzler, 1992; Horn, Kay and Abel, 1993; Persson, 1997; Barron, 1999; Roody, 2003; McNeil, 2006; Miller & Miller, 2006; Kuo, 2007.) Herb. Kuo 07259401, 06140302, 07220302, 07200703.
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