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Gomphus floccosus
scaly chanterelle, scaly vase chanterelle, wooly chanterelle

Distribution: Broad Common in Western and North America

Habitat: Conifer Forests

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Avoid


Not truly wooly, Gomphus floccosus is more accurately characterized by the coarse scales that usually line its deeply vase-shaped cap. However, it is a highly variable fungus and the degree of scaliness is by no means constant. In its common form, the cap when fresh is a deep reddish orange, but fades with age and old pale specimens can be found that might seem to be a different fungus. The fertile surface is whitish to pale yellowish and highly wrinkled and forked, with portions appearing almost like pores in older specimens. The size of the fruitbodies varies from small-medium to fairly large and the shape can be tall and slender or short and squatty with the vase shape being more or less developed.



Identification Notes:

G. bonarii (Morse) Singer has been said to differ by being smaller, having block-like yellow-orange scales with red tips, and a tendency to grow in clusters. However, in practice, it is very difficult to distinguish two species and many mycologists do not recognize G. bonarii as a separate species.


Common Name: Woody Chanterelle

Accepted Name:
Gomphus floccosus (Schwein.) Singer

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gomphus floccosus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Gomphus floccosus photos.

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