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Polyozellus multiplex
black chanterelle, blue chanterelle, blue clustered chanterelle, clustered blue chanterelle

Distribution: Relatively uncommon Western North America, Japan and Korea

Habitat: Old-growth conifer forests

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Edible, but rare, so use restraint


The purplish to blackish color, veined fertile surface, and tendency to grow in tight-packed clusters make Polyozellus multiplex easy to identify. If confirmation is necessary, the warty white spores and blackish green reaction of the flesh when potassium hydroxide is applied will cinch the identification.


Edible, but rare, so use restraint


Common Name: Blue Chanterelle, Black Chanterelle

Accepted Name:
Polyozellus multiplex (Underw.) Murrill

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Polyozellus multiplex in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Polyozellus multiplex photos.

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