Humpback chanterelle (Cantharellula umbonata)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
- Genus: Cantharellula (Cantarellula)
- Species: Cantharellula umbonata (Chanterelle humpbacked)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Cantarellula tuberous
- False chanterelle convex
Humpbacked fox, or Cantharellula tubercle (lat.Cantharellula umbonata) is a conditionally edible mushroom of the genus Cantharellula.
Cap: Small (2-5 cm in diameter), in young mushrooms of an interesting T-shape, as it grows, it becomes funnel-shaped with a sharp central tubercle and slightly wavy edges. The color is grayish-gray, with blue, the pigmentation is blurred, uneven, in general, the color in the center is darker than at the edges. The pulp is thin, grayish, slightly reddens at the fracture.
Plates: Frequent, branched, deeply descending on the peduncle, almost white in young mushrooms, gray with age.
Spore powder: White.
Leg: Height 3-6 cm, thickness up to 0.5 cm, cylindrical, straight or slightly curved, grayish, with pubescence in the lower part.
Cantharellula umbonata occurs, and quite abundantly, in coniferous and mixed forests, in mossy places, from mid-August to the onset of cold weather.
The characteristic shape, reddening flesh, frequent branched gray plates make it possible to confidently distinguish the humpbacked chanterelle from most relatives.
The mushroom is edible, but not particularly interesting in the culinary sense, firstly, because of its small size, and secondly, because it is not very tasty.
The humpbacked chanterelle is like a marker in the endless sea of small talk-like mushrooms in late autumn. So, if, by and large, there is nothing interesting in it – but it is uninteresting just as much as the neighbor on the entrance is uninteresting if you meet him in China. The mere presence of a familiar face in an alien world is more than just something.
Photo of the Humpbacked Chanterelle mushroom from the recognition questions:
2019.09.25 max812 2019.01.12 Vitalij 2018.01.27 Sergey