The members of the genus Cantharellus differ from all other gill-bearing fungi in that the gills are in the form of shallow folds growing down the stem. The folds are generally narrow and forked or branching. The name Cantharellus, meaning little cup or goblet, refers to the shape of the fungus, some of the species being so deeply depressed that a cup not unlike a tall goblet results.
Cantharellus floccosus (Edible)
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Cap or Pileus- Funnel form or trumpet shaped, depressed even into the stem. The surface of the depression is woolly or scaly. The scales some-times persist and sometimes dis-appear. Reddish yellow, fading to yellow.
Gills or Lamella- Blunt, narrow, close; forked branched so as to appear as a network. Yellow to yellow brown.
Stem or Stipe- Short, smooth, or hairy. Sometimes extending like a root among fallen leaves.
Flesh- White, thin.
Time - July to September.
Habitat- In groups in woods. The specimen pictured was found grow-ing in moss by a stream among laurels and rhododendrons.
Section of C. floccosus.