Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (Wulfen) Maire
Family: Hygrophoropsidaceae
False Chanterelle
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca image
National Mushroom Centre  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: No local name known

Edibility: Edible, but identification requires great care.

Habitat: Terrestrial, occasionally on wood and solitary, scattered or gregarious.

Description: Cap: 5-10 cm diameter, convex, plane-depressed, bright orange to orange-brown or yellowish-brown. Hymenophore: Decurrent gills, close, repeatedly forked, pale yellow to orange. Stem: 2-10 cm tall and up to 1 cm wide, equal, sometimes curved surface, orange to light yellow, with brownish shades. Flesh: Orange. Spore Print: Cream coloured.

Comments: H. aurantiaca can be recognized by the bright orange to brownish colours of the fruiting bodies, the orange forked gills are a distinctive feature. This species sometimes is confused with Cantharellus, however, H. aurantiaca has true gills, rather than false gills, and has a soft flesh, compared to the hard-fleshed of the Cantharellus.