What You Should Know
Cantharellula umbonata is a widespread species of fungus in the genus Cantharellula. It is a small to medium-sized, funnel-shaped agaric with grey cap and forked gills that grow associated with Polytrichum moss and fruits in the summer and fall.
It is common in eastern North America, particularly in summer and autumn. It is associated with Polytrichum and other mosses found in the southeastern United States. Edible if collected young and fresh.
Other names: Grayling Mushroom, Fläckkantarell (Sweden), Kuprainā gailenīte (Latvia).
Cantharellula umbonata Mushroom Identification
2-5 cm convex at first, becoming flat to sunken; most specimens with a small, pointed umbo; margin incurved at first, becoming upturned and wavy in age; surface grey to grayish brown overall, often appearing to have whitish blotches; dry to moist; smooth to minutely hairy; flesh white; odor and taste not distinctive.
Close to crowded, decurrent, repeatedly and regularly forked; whitish, developing spot-like reddish or sometimes yellow stains in age.
2.5-8cm x 0.3-0.7cm, often with swollen portions; some-what flexible, often bent, curved, and/or twisted; white to grey; silky above, stuffed, usually with whitish mycelium binding the lower stalk to mass; often water-saturated near the base.
Scented (Phillips), faintly of cucumbers, or fragrant or not distinctive, (Redhead(36)), not distinctive (Bessette)
Mild (Phillips), not distinctive (Redhead(36), Bessette)
Cantharellus tubaeformis which has a dingy-brown cap bearing forked veins instead of gills. Some gray Lactarius species grow in moss but their flesh produces milk.
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